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Merlewood

Cumbria, England

Red squirrels at Merlewood...?

Posted by Luci Ackers on Mar 08, 2016
Red Squirrel at Merlewood
Red Squirrel at Merlewood

Well, not quite yet; but we're hoping it's not too far off!

Onsite at Merlewood we are working closely with the Westmorland Red Squirrel Society, a fantastic organisation whose aim is to raise awareness and to help promote the protection and conservation of these beautiful creatures.

Red squirrels have been in serious decline over recent years partly due to the stronger vociferous non native gray squirrels driving them out and passing on the squirrel pox, which is fatal for reds.

The organisation is helping the gardeners at Merlewood create a suitable habitat for the reds, hoping to encourage them to thrive here. They prefer coniferous woodland and if we can control the grays and reduce their numbers significantly, the reds will be able to return.

There has already been evidence that the plan is working; sightings of reds in some of Merlewood's neighbouring woodland have recently been on the increase.

We hope to hear of sightings of reds at Merlewood in the not too distant future, so keep your eyes open and watch this space! 

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Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.


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