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Go nuts at Tentsmuir!
Thursday, August 9, 2012
It’s a red letter day for Fife’s red squirrel fans on Thursday, August 9, thanks to a free family fun day at Tentsmuir Forest.
The event, running from noon to 4pm, will include ranger-led squirrel walks, face-painting and a make-your-own squirrel challenge, plus many other activities.
It has been organised by Sophie Eastwood, red squirrel project officer for Fife Coast and Countryside Trust.
“With recent records strongly suggesting that Tentsmuir’s red squirrel population is rising, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate everything about these lovely native mammals,” said Sophie.
“As well as all the day’s fun activities, there will be information points to learn all about Fife’s red squirrels and what people can do to help them thrive across the Kingdom.”
The Fife Red Squirrel Group and other local organisations working to maintain and enhance the number of red squirrels across Fife will also be on-hand to offer their expertise and join in the fun.
Dedicated conservation measures to enhance red squirrels and control their non-native grey cousins – taken by Forestry Commission Scotland, Scotland Natural Heritage and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust – have helped Tentsmuir’s red squirrel population to flourish.
Scotland’s red squirrel population is only an estimated 121,000 – 75 per cent of the UK total – and it remains under severe threat from the larger grey squirrels, which compete for food and spread the deadly squirrel pox virus among the reds.
Anyone keen to take part in the event is invited to meet at the picnic area by Tentsmuir Car Park, which is reached by following the signs for Tentsmuir Forest from the A92 between Leuchars and Tayport.
Entry is free, but car parking costs £2 and there will be a small charge for face painting.
Face painting by Mary Fairgrieve of Face This Way