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National Trust properties with Red Squirrels

national-trust-membershipsThe National Trust website has a great page with information about where members of the public can see Red Squirrels on National Trust land.

It’s really great that a body such as The National Trust is playing its part in Red Squirrel Conservation efforts. They even have a dedicated Red Squirrel ranger, Glen Graham, at Wallington in Northumberland. Glen has a short but brilliant video about how he looks after the Red Squirrels at Wallington on this linked page.

Perhaps a National Trust membership would make a good Christmas present?

John Lewis Christmas advert disappointment

The John Lewis Christmas 2016 advert features a grey squirrel
The John Lewis Christmas 2016 advert features a grey squirrel

Most people will, by now, have seen the John Lewis Christmas advert. How could you have avoided the touching excitement of Buster the Boxer as he looks forward to Christmas Day and being allowed out to the trampoline? He had to endure watching a plethora of other British native animals enjoying themselves on it.

 

Why no Red Squirrel instead in the John Lewis advert?
Why no Red Squirrel instead in the John Lewis advert?

Except they are not all British native species. What a blunder by John Lewis to include the invasive grey squirrel, disastrously introduced from North America, as one of the trampolining beasts rather than our wonderful indigenous Red Squirrel!

Telegraph report from South West

The Telegraph carried an article which you can read here in which Escot is mentioned. Escot is where most of photography for the Red Squirrel Education Pack was captured as the Wildwood Escot Park has a walk-through Red Squirrel enclosure.

It’s great to read about the recovery of Red Squirrels in the South West of England, thanks mainly to the passion of a number of people who hold Red Squirrel Conservation close to their hearts.