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Early Christmas trees for red squirrel tree planting
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
West Fife’s red squirrels received an early Christmas gift this year as 200 of their favourite trees were planted at the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan.
Tulliallan is an ideal location as it is connected to Devilla Forest, one of the nine key woodland sites for red squirrels identified in Fife Biodiversity Partnership’s Local Biodiversity Action Plan.
The tree planting was organised by Fife Red Squirrel Project Officer Sophie Eastwood and Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) Community Ranger Jenny Ventham to enhance this vital habitat for the local reds.
Sophie and Jenny received a helping hand on the day from FCS, the Scottish Police College Estates Team, the West Fife Woodlands Group and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) volunteers.
The trees planted at Tulliallan – including Scots pine, yew, blackthorn and Norway spruce – make up the core of the red squirrel’s natural habitat.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who braved the dreich weather,” said Sophie Eastwood.
“The red squirrel is at serious risk from its cousin the American grey squirrel, which carries the deadly squirrel poxvirus and is creeping closer and closer to Fife, so it is more vital than ever to give these incredible animals a helping hand whenever and wherever possible.
“Devilla Forest area is very important to the local reds, so planting red squirrel friendly trees at Tulliallan not only helped to increase their habitat for better chances of survival but will also deter grey squirrels that find these kinds of conifer and small-seeded broadleaf habitats inhospitable.”
Tom Kenny, Estates Supervisor at the Scottish Police College, commented: "The Scottish Police College has worked together with the Fife Red Squirrel group for a number of years now and we are pleased to be able to offer this additional help to our native red squirrels in the form of the planting of a number of trees which will provide the squirrels with food and shelter for many years to come."
The Fife Red Squirrel Project is co-ordinated by the Fife Coast & Countryside Trust and is also supported by the Fife Environment Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund and is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community LEADER in Fife programme 2007-2013.
Photo captions: Both photos should to be accredited to Malcolm Marshall, member of the Estate’s Team at Scottish Police College
Photo 1: Group shot taken by Malcom Marshall
Photo 2: Red squirrel at Scottish Police College in Tulliallan taken by Marlcom Marshall.