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A red squirrel, in profile, sitting on the broken branch of a tree.

How can you help?

There are loads of things you can do to attract, protect and conserve our red squirrels. Read more below...

Foggy Forest

Plant some trees and hedging

If you are fortunate enough to own some land and are thinking about planting trees, take a look at the table below and please plant those that will be loved by the reds. The following are all recommended. If you click the names you'll be forwarded to either the RHS or Woodland Trust sites for more information.


Report squirrel sightings

We have both squirrel types in our network area and we rely on observant enthusiasts to keep their eyes open for an up-to-date status.

All logged sightings of both red and grey squirrels in Scotland are accessible, by anyone, via the main SSRS website (see button below)

View squirrel sightings
You can add your own sightings (both reds and greys) via the interactive map. And if you're interested in how sightings have changed over the years since the Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels project began you can see that too.

If you register on the site (we call it 'the hub') all of your sightings will be available to you.

What to do if you spot an injured or sick red squirrel?

If you are worried about a red squirrel's welfare, including abandoned kits, please contact the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999.  They are best placed to offer expert advice and will be able to collect the squirrel for vetinary attention and rehabilitation if deemed necessary.

However, if you suspect a red squirrel may be suffering from squirrelpox please contact us (the form below) in addition to informing SSPCA. Please send us a photograph of the squirrel if possible.



Help protect our precious

Red squirrels

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