to the Grampian Squirrel Group website. Here you will find information about
what we are doing to ensure the ongoing protection and conservation of the
endangered red squirrel in the Grampian area. You can also let us know if
you see any red squirrels or grey squirrels by clicking the '' button above and completing our . Useful information about red squirrels and practical
ways of helping red squirrels in Grampian can be found by clicking the '' button at the top of this page and red squirrel related .
in Grampian we have one of, if not the largest populations of red
squirrels in the UK. There are strong populations on Deeside, Donside
and Speyside with smaller scattered populations to be found out to
the East in woodlands near Ellon and Fyvie.
Nationally the red squirrel is in strong decline and could very soon
become extinct in England and Wales.
The main reason for this decline is competition caused by the introduction
of the North American grey squirrel which competes more efficiently
for food than our native reds.
Unfortunately, grey squirrels were introduced into Aberdeen City in
the fifties and are now spreading out of the city following the course
of the Dee and the Don.
Populations of grey squirrels are now to be found in Peterculter,
Banchory, Tarland and Bennachie.
Grampian Squirrel Group's aim is to maintain Grampian as a core area for
red squirrels in the UK. Squirrel monitoring programmes help us to collect
information on the distribution of red and grey squirrels, allowing us to
identify areas of importance where habitat management or grey squirrel control
may be beneficial to our goal of protection and conservation of red squirrels.