Up to 70 people with a passion for red squirrel conservation gathered at Springwood, Kelso in mid-September for a squirrel cross-border symposium
Organised by the UK Squirrel Accord and hosted by the Duke of Buccleuch and Duke of Northumberland, the meeting was also attended by landowners and volunteers from across southern Scotland and northern England. Representatives of Saving Scotland’s’ Red Squirrels (SSRS), Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) and the European Squirrel Initiative (ESI) were also amongst those who attended the day.
As well as reviewing the progress of red squirrel conservation on both sides of the border, the day provided an excellent opportunity to share news, ideas and best practice.
Alexa Seagrave, Project Officer for SSRS South, said "The Squirrel Symposium organised by Squirrel Accord was a great opportunity to make new connections with landowners across the Borders and Northumberland and highlight the importance of landscape-scale control of grey squirrels to protect existing red squirrel populations.”
“Within our Priority Areas for Red squirrel Conservation (PARCs), landowners can apply for grant assistance to carry out grey squirrel control. Estate-wide control combined with volunteer control efforts represents a real chance of safe-guarding the future of the red squirrel in south Scotland and beyond."
A summary of talks and presentations from the day can be viewed here