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By Fiona Reid
Farming
Get squirrel spotting

HELP is being sought for Scotland’s largest squirrel survey, which will be held next week to mark Red Squirrel Week.

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels is calling on the public to report their sightings of both red and grey squirrels in their gardens and in the great outdoors between 21-27 September, to create a snapshot of the situation on the ground.

All sightings from the week can be reported at scottishsquirrels.org.uk and will be included in a national database that directly influences conservation action.

Anyone can take part by reporting sightings from a back garden, a local park or the wider countryside. The data collected throughout the week is particularly valuable as it includes many parts of the country that are not directly covered by Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels’ ongoing population monitoring work.

The results from this year’s survey will be published later in 2020 and will create a comparison of red and grey squirrel distribution year on year.

More information can be found at scottishsquirrels.org.uk/great-scottish-squirrel-survey.

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