Project information

Save Our Reds - Urgent help for red squirrels

On Monday 6th July 2015, a Red Squirrel was found in Merseyside with symptoms of Pox. This disease almost wiped out the population in 2008 and we need your support to stop this happening again. Please donate to help support the Trust in working to prevent another widespread outbreak.

July 2015 - September 2015

Charity information: The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

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  • Need

    Need

    On Monday 6th July 2015, a Red Squirrel was found in Merseyside with symptoms of Pox. This disease almost wiped out the population in 2008 and we need to act quickly to prevent this happening again.

    Solution

    We need support in raising public awareness of Squirrel Pox and the actions to take if they find a squirrel with symptoms. Our project helps create a buffer zone around the healthy red population to ensure the pox does not spread and wipe them out. To help us locate the grey squirrels as well as red squirrels.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a 'buffer zone' and prevent the widespread outbreak of squirrel pox in Merseyside

    Activities

    » Controlling the grey population and closely monitoring any further outbreaks of squirrel pox, working in partnership with community and organisations

    Regular surveying and monitoring of the areas


    Aim 2

    To raise public awareness of the actions they can take to help stop an outbreak

    Activities

    » Through posters, radio and TV, website and emails, leaflet drop in local area

    Log the number of reports made, and interaction levels from the public


  • Impact

    Impact

    A greater public awareness of the issue will result in faster actions should this occur in the future. This will enable us to tackle the problem quickly and engage the public in protecting red squirrels for the future.

    Risk

    The methods of control are based on years of scientific methods and data ensuring that the risks of the project not being successful have been managed.

    Reporting

    Donors can be provided with a reporting level to suit themselves. A full quarterly report can be produced if required to outline the progress of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Community Engagement Holding workshops for the local community
      £1,500 Promotional materials Leaflets and posters to raise awareness in the local area
      £500 Public engagement Dealing with reports and inquiries from the public
      £1,000 equipment Equipment needed to carry out control and sureys
      £2,000 Monitoring Production of seasonal monitoring report

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Just Giving Emergency Appeal £110 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Red squirrels breed on the Wildlife Trust owned and managed site at Freshfield, adjacent to RAF Woodvale and throughout the Coastal woodlands of Sefton and West Lancashire.

    Beneficiaries

    The population of Sefton, and in particular of Southport and Formby, are extremely enamoured of our iconic Red Squirrel, for which they hold a special affection. There are few members of the population in this area who are unaware of the existence of the red squirrel or their role in the local economy with more than 300,000 visitors a year regularly recorded at the Formby site.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has been at the forefront of the battle to save England’s Red Squirrels for the past 15 years. At no time has support for the Red Squirrels of North Merseyside been more critical than now, as the reduced population struggles for survival.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Rachel Miller

    Rachel works out in the field daily. Rachel has a background in animal welfare and has currently graduated with an MsC in Ecology and the Environment.