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Blue Flags for Fife Beaches Thursday, August 9, 2012
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Red Squirrels Thriving at Tentsmuir Thursday, August 9, 2012
Go nuts at Tentsmuir! Thursday, August 9, 2012
Eden Estuary News Thursday, August 9, 2012
See-Birds at The Castle Thursday, August 9, 2012
Clean up day Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Helping you find your Way Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Sophie Squirrel at the Big Tent Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Be Aware Friday, July 20, 2012
Elie Scarecrow Festival Monday, April 30, 2012
Completed path is on the map Friday, April 20, 2012
Harbourís history brought to life Friday, April 20, 2012
Nature's Beauty Monday, April 16, 2012
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Bluebells on the Move Thursday, January 26, 2012
Tree Planting Day Thursday, January 26, 2012
Teachers go down to the woods Thursday, January 26, 2012
Red Squirrel Trail Thursday, January 26, 2012

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.eastwood@fifecountryside.co.uk

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