WILDLIFE PROTECTION

10 May 2021 8:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

BRING DIAMONDS SUPPORTS THE PROTECTION OF RED SQUIRRELS

The red squirrel is officially classed as Near Threatened in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but is locally common in Scotland. The main cause behind their decline is the introduction of grey squirrels from America.

The three main reasons why greys are a threat include:

  1. Disease - Grey squirrels can carry Parapoxvirus, which does not appear to affect their health but will readily kill red squirrels.

  2. Competition for food - Grey and red squirrels both eat acorns. However, greys are more likely to eat unripened green acorns, whereas reds will only eat them when they are ripe. Therefore reds are deprived of that food source before they ripen. 

  3. Breeding - Red squirrels will not breed as readily when they are under pressure.

The loss of woodland is another huge factor in their decline as are road traffic and predators.

Bring Diamonds supports charities that work hard to protect this precious and endangered species whilst increasing public awareness of their plight. For instance, we have given aid to the Cramlington & District Red Squirrel Group in southeast Northumberland who are managing to maintain a small and healthy population of red squirrels. Further afield we also support the Woodland Trust and the Bamff Rewilding project in Perthshire in which the combined effects of beaver activity, removal of intrusive land management practices and native tree planting are already creating an amazing resurgence of biodiversity.



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