New red squirrel map reveals they are more widespread than thought11/07/2012 11:04:22 Redheads causing quite a stir - Courtesy of Northumberland Wildlife Trust
July 2012. Over 1200 hours of work by volunteers and staff this spring has created a new picture of the native red squirrels' current geographical range in northern England.
239 woodlands visited
New maps now show that red squirrels are still living in woodlands right across Cumbria and Northumberland, well beyond identified strongholds such as Kielder Forest, plus, red squirrels are still also present in the Yorkshire Dales, the Sefton coast in Merseyside and County Durham.
Red squirrels found in 113 woodlands
The information gathered in this study now forms an important baseline against which the success of increasing red squirrel conservation efforts can be measured. The monitoring programme will be repeated this autumn and bi-annually in future years. It is hoped that repeated monitoring will show the maintenance and expansion of red squirrel range in northern England over time, giving all those contributing to red squirrel conservation a fantastic boost.
Adam Seward, RSNE Research Officer and co-ordinator of the monitoring project said: "We are grateful to all supporters of this enormous survey. The results will provide a vital benchmark against which to measure changes in squirrel species range in future years."
The main funder of this spring's monitoring project is Hexham based EGGER UK Ltd.
Red squirrel distribution map