Red Squirrels

Red Squirrel Conservation

Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) & Red Squirrels United

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Red Squirrels Northern England

Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) is a red squirrel conservation partnership working across Northern England.

About Us

Red Squirrels Northern England is the lead organisation striving to conserve reds, working in seven counties, where wild living red squirrels still exist; Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, North Yorkshire, Lancashire & Merseyside.  

The project is managed by Northumberland Wildlife Trust, in partnership with other northern Wildlife Trusts, Forestry England, Natural  England and Red Squirrel Survival Trust. The partners work hand-in-hand with local communities and hundreds of passionate volunteers, with a core aim to secure the future of this most cherished British mammal.

We protect red squirrels in the following ways:

  • Helping people understand why reds are under threat and why action is needed
  • Working with communities and volunteer red squirrel groups to encourage local support and involvement  
  • Monitoring woodlands to better understand where reds live so we can take action to conserve them  
  • Managing grey squirrels in areas where reds are found in order to allow reds the space they need to thrive
  • Developing and nurturing partnerships to ensure there is a joined up approach to this work

Three Ways You Can Help

Learn more about RSNE, including how you can get involved, via their website

Or to stay in touch with regular news and updates, follow the RSNE on Facebook and Twitter.

Leaning red squirrel - Tim Mason

Image by: Tim Mason.

Red Squirrel Community Account

Apply for a Furness Building Society Save the Red Squirrel Community Account. Supporters have helped raise over £200,000 over the last 17 years… a fantastic, long term contribution.

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Red Squirrels United

Red Squirrels United is a UK wide network working together for the local survival of the UK’s iconic red squirrels for future generations. The project marks the biggest ever coalition of academics and delivery partners working together on a scientifically robust programme of conservation for our iconic red squirrels. The initiative unites eight partners in a four year UK-wide programme plus community teams and numerous volunteers.The project unites more than 30 different organisations and is supported by UK Government nature conservation agencies.

Here in Northern England the project is helping us to protect red squirrels in and around Kielder Forest the largest red squirrel reserve in England.

The project is being funded by EU LIFE and National Lottery Heritage Fund. Learn more about the project here. 

Red Squirrels United is led by The Wildlife Trusts in partnership with Newcastle UniversityForest ResearchLancashire Wildlife TrustRed Squirrels Trust WalesNorthumberland Wildlife Trust, Ulster Wildlife and The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales.

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