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Red Squirrel Trail
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Red squirrels are a much-loved part of our local wildlife, however their struggle for survival in Fife is one the Trust is working hard to support through the work of Red Squirrel Project Officer, Sophie Eastwood.
Sophie joined the Trust in April 2011 to co-ordinate the three-year Fife Red Squirrel Project to help save and promote red squirrels. Sophie’s role involves work to preserve local woodland, raise awareness of red squirrels in schools, take population surveys, give habitat management advice and encourage Fifers to get in touch about red and grey squirrel sightings.
Devilla Forest near Kincardine is one of the nine key woodland sites in the Local Biodiversity Action Plan for red squirrels and features a Red Squirrel Trail that informs visitors and local children alike about the red squirrel and raises awareness about its survival. The trail was installed as part of the pilot project phase.
75 per cent of all UK red squirrels live in Scotland and are under huge competition from the grey squirrels, which compete for food, outnumber them and carry a pox virus that is lethal to them.
Sophie said: “Devilla is an ideal habitat for reds due to plentiful supply of Scots pine trees and a mix of other conifers. It has a new Red Squirrel Trail to encourage children to find out more about the red’s behaviour and the difficulties it faces.
“I’d like to encourage people who spot squirrels in their gardens or in their communities to report the sighting on the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s squirrel sighting website (http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/scotlands-red-squirrels/squirrel-sightings/) or through the Fife Nature Records Centre. We know there are both reds and greys in Devilla but that’s about all we do know. I have started doing surveys there with help from some local volunteers but it is quite time consuming, and we do need more people to help out.”
The Fife Red Squirrel Project is co-ordinated by the Fife Coast & Countryside Trust. It 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.
To get involved or find out more about the project, go to www.fiferedsquirrels.co.uk or contact Sophie at Sophie.firstname.lastname@example.org