Project information

Red Squirrels Northern England

Red Squirrel Survival Trust is a partner in a unique project to save the last remaining red squirrel populations in northern England. The project is led by government and partner charities but its delivery is totally reliant on some 1500 volunteers.

November 2011 - October 2014

Charity information: Red Squirrel Survival Trust

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  • Need


    To protect red squirrel populations from extinction through contact with grey squirrels and to provide data which will be used for ongoing conservation as well as give credibility to funders.


    Through practical action. Grey squirrels will be removed and therefore the risk of reds contracting fatal disease will be minimised. The monitoring and data collection will help build the ongoing red squirrel conservation programme.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To protect the native red squirrel from threatened extinction.


    » Grey squirrel control
    » Monitoring of both grey and red squirrel populations
    » Local fundraising to support the costs of all activities
    » Education - through the press and other media - to alert people in the north of England to the issue and how they can help.

    What success will look like

    Success will be stabilised and where possible, increasing populations of red squirrels

  • Impact


    1) An iconic and much loved creature will retain its place in our countryside, parks and gardens.
    2) Learnings from data collection and monitoring will add to knowledge of both the species and how invasive species are affecting the UK's biodiversity.

    Success will be demonstrated by increasing numbers of healthy animals and an increased awareness and appreciation of the plight of a native species within a variety of audiences


    1) Lack of manpower - volunteer recruitment is ongoing
    2) Lack of government support - Natural England and the Forestry Commission are formally signed into the project
    3) Lack of funds to cover core costs - £1m funding approved by Biffaward which will cover the life of the project


    Major donors - individual reports
    Public - newsletters, web site, press releases
    Major funders e.g. Biffaward and Heritage Lottery Fund - as required
    Big Give pledgers and donors - a special communication programme using regular email and a one off event

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,195,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,797,300 salaries 25 employees over 5 years
      £187,200 equipment traps, cameras, monitoring systems, data collection and analysis and office equipment
      £211,000 project management project management costs and matched funding to release funds from Biffaward, SITA and HLF

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Biffaward £1,000,000 Guaranteed
    Forestry Commission £500,000 Conditional
    Natural England £75,000 Guaranteed
    Heritage Lottery Fund £250,000 Guaranteed
    Red Squirrel Survival Trust £48,000 Guaranteed
    SITA £0 Conditional
  • Background


    Northern England, incorporating Cumbria, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, parts of County Durham and Merseyside


    1) The UK will retain a native species.
    2) Increased sense of community taking action
    3) Increased pride in national heritage
    4) Tourism

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    RSST is the only national charity - we work with all the partners to facilitate a strategic approach to all the various initiatives currently underway.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nick Mason

    Project Manager - Red Squirrels Northern England. Line managed by Red Squirrel Survival Trust

    Northumberland Wildlife Trust

    Partner in the project and responsible for employing all paid members of the project team

    Forestry Commission

    Partner in the project and administers government grants for woodland enterprises where grey squirrels are controlled

    Red Squirrel Survival Trust

    Partner in the project and responsible for facilitating the project by leading on planning an development