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Fans of red squirrels can now find the best sites to see them in the wilds of the Highlands thanks to a new leaflet showing red squirrel hotspots.
From Fort William to Forres and from Contin to the Boat of Garten and Laggan, the 12 featured sites offer great opportunities to see red squirrels in the wild.
The leaflet has been produced by conservation project ‘Red Squirrels of the Highlands’, which is funded by LEADER, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Cairngorms National Park Authority.
Juliet Robinson, Red Squirrel Conservation Officer with Forestry Commission Scotland, said;
“Seeing red squirrels in the wild is a wonderful experience and they have a lot of support and help from their many fans.
“For example, thanks to the enthusiastic efforts of pupils at Farr Primary school (PHOTO OPP) and of the Strathnairn Community, the School Wood (5miles south of Inverness) is a popular haunt of red squirrels, who visit the feeders regularly.
“The leaflet lists the best places to go in the area so if you’re a fan of red squirrels, get a copy and visit all the sites.”
As well as providing some information on site facilities, the leaflet includes a red squirrel fact file, as well as details of how visitors can get involved and help record the range and number of red squirrels. All the hotspots are close to car parks to enhance accessibility.
“When it comes to squirrels the Highlands of Scotland is the last main refuge of the red squirrel. This is a grey-free zone, and we’d like to keep it that way. That means doing all we can to help the reds and being vigilant against the arrival of greys.
“Keeping track of the reds and their success is all down to the fantastic volunteers we have who submit records of sightings they make.
“There are details on the leaflet of how to get in touch and help to continue to build up our knowledge of how our red squirrels are doing.”
To download a copy of the leaflet visit www.redsquirrelsofthehighlands.co.uk
Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate managing the 660,000 hectare national forest estate in ways that continue to protect, manage and expand Scotland’s forests and woodlands in a way which helps in the fight against climate change. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland