Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group
by Ian Jack
Cumbria's red squirrels
The native red squirrel was widespread in Britain before grey squirrels arrived! Following the introduction of these grey invaders in 1876, red squirrels rapidly disappeared from many areas as they were pushed out by the insurgent greys.
Thankfully, red squirrels continue to reside in Cumbria and the Penrith & District Red Squirrel Group work tirelessly at extending their existence here, using dedicated Red Squirrel Ranger contractors working across a vast area of approx. 650 square miles.
Through the groups’ consistent squirrel management programmes, the much loved iconic red squirrels can survive and thrive into the future however, overcoming many of the challenges the grey squirrels bring is no mean feat!
It is without doubt that the tremendous success of P&DRSG’s work for red squirrels to date has helped to protect these enchanting creatures and prevented them from becoming extinct and could not have been achieved without effective grey squirrel management and the support of our members.
Red squirrels are now present throughout the woodlands of our group area and we also hear from many members who are now enjoying the company of red squirrel visitors to their gardens.
Creation of the Penrith & District Red Squirrel Group in 2006
Notable success in the Ullswater region
The regular income from membership helps us to plan our work activities and our aim to sustain red squirrel presence in this glorious part of Cumbria. All membership money is spent on red squirrel conservation here; as one of the last places in England where native red squirrels still exist and they need you now!
Annual membership starts from as little as £20 but please feel free to give more; the more you give, the more we can do! A regular contribution by standing order would be much appreciated as would some meaningful sponsorship or a major donation.
For more information: http://www.penrithredsquirrels.org.uk/
By Ian Jack