Loo of the Year Award Winners! Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Loo of the Year Award Winners! Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Aspen Tree Planting Success Saturday, December 7, 2013
Dysart Storm surge Thursday, December 5, 2013
FCCT helps introduce sheep to Outhead Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Mini-beast benefits at School Wood Thursday, November 7, 2013
The Beginnings of Chocolate Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Fife Coastal Path relay accomplished Saturday, October 5, 2013
Coastal Geology Weekend Success Friday, October 4, 2013
Coastal Geology Weekend Success Friday, October 4, 2013
Path Diversion at East Wemyss Wednesday, October 2, 2013
SEAFIELD TOWER Thursday, September 5, 2013
Leuchars Airshow 7th September Friday, August 30, 2013
West Sands Drop in Day Friday, August 30, 2013
Sea Eagles Breed in Fife! Friday, August 30, 2013
On the Eden Friday, August 30, 2013
Dolphins Friday, August 30, 2013
West Sands Event Thursday, August 15, 2013
Birnie Loch Training and Fun Day Monday, August 12, 2013
Parking disruptions Monday, August 5, 2013
Salt, Coal & Whisky! Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Birnie Loch Family Day Thursday, July 18, 2013
Cows on Fife Coastal Path Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Allan Crow Blog - part 2 Friday, July 12, 2013
Allan Crow Blog Thursday, July 11, 2013
Eden Estuary News Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Introduction to Qigong Tuesday, June 4, 2013
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Dogs in the Countryside Monday, June 3, 2013
Fife Show 2013 Friday, May 17, 2013
Eden Estuary News Thursday, May 2, 2013
Elie Scarecrow Festival Monday, April 29, 2013
Geology Walk Event Friday, March 8, 2013
Spring Re-vamp Decoupage Event Friday, March 1, 2013
Eden Estuary News Friday, March 1, 2013
Geology Walk Event Thursday, February 21, 2013
Red Squirrel Talk Thursday, February 7, 2013
Eden Estuary News Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Landslips Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Adopt a Beach Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New red squirrel rubbings trail for Fife

Monday, November 11, 2013
Members of the local community helped to create a red squirrel rubbings trail installed in Falkland Estate on Friday 8th November. The work was a partnership between Fife Coast & Countryside Trust and the Centre for Stewardship, Falkland.

Over 45 individuals from Falkland Primary School and volunteers from the Centre for Stewardship attended workshops ran by artist Kate Ive. Not only did the participants get to grips with their creative side but they also learnt about the plight of the red squirrel in Fife.

Kate said: “I am delighted to have been involved in the project. The kids really embraced the themes and as a result produced wonderful drawings. I hope the local community enjoy exploring the trail, discovering the artworks and learning about the life of the red squirrels.”

To tell the story of the red squirrel, six drawings from the workshops were made into plaques now displayed on the trail. Visitors equipped with paper and pencil can make interesting rubbings of the plaques. The trail follows a new accessible path loop through the woods between Falkland cricket pitch and the Pillars of Hercules, with several resting places along the way. Interpretation panels with maps will be installed early next year, and online resources are being developed with more information about the squirrel story.

The trail is part of the Fife Red Squirrel Project (2011-2014) co-ordinated by Sophie Eastwood, Red Squirrel Project Officer for Fife Coast & Countryside Trust. It is supported by the Fife Environment Trust, the Heritage Lottery Fund and is also being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community LEADER in Fife Programme 2007-2013.

Sophie said: “Although red squirrels are still widespread across Fife, the low numbers seen around Falkland recently are a real concern. It is really important for people to understand why the red squirrel is disappearing from some areas and what we can do to help.”

The main threat to the red squirrel is from introduced grey squirrels which compete for food and spread the fatal squirrel pox virus, while remaining unaffected by it themselves.

To find out more about the Fife Red Squirrel Project contact sophie.eastwood@fifecountryside.co.uk


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