Red Squirrels

Red Squirrel Conservation

Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE)

Red Squirrel - Jon Hawkins

Red squirrel  - Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris). Image by: Mark Hamblin/2020VISION.

Red Squirrel Awareness Week - Video Presentation

Join us online on Northumberland Wildlife Trust's YouTube channel at 10:00am, Wednesday 23th September for a video premiere and live chat!

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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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RSNE’s Annual Squirrel Monitoring Programme

We established the annual squirrel monitoring programme in 2012. Standardised monitoring is undertaken in 300 woodlands and gardens each year during a three month period in spring from 1st March to 31st May across known red squirrel range in northern England. The aim of the programme is to build a long-term dataset that will evidence changes that may occur to red and grey squirrel range over time in areas where red squirrel conservation activity takes place. View the latest report here.

RSNE 2019 annual monitoring results

2019 annual monitoring results; the 8th round of monitoring conducted with the help of over 170 people, 86% of which were volunteers.