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Squirrel survey results

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By Fiona Reid
Squirrel survey results

DUMFRIES and Galloway is home to both red and grey squirrels.

That’s the verdict of the 2022 Great Scottish Squirrel Survey, which maps squirrel distributions across the country.

Members of the public helped by reporting sightings during the annual Great Scottish Squirrel Survey Week last October of last year.

It confirmed that in South Scotland a mix of the two species remains, but volunteers are working hard to keep numbers of grey squirrels low in this region.

Nicole Still, from Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, said: “We are deeply grateful to all volunteers and members of the public for submitting their sightings during the 2022 Great Scottish Squirrel Survey. Sightings of both species are vital as we work across the country, collaborating with partners and stakeholders to help save the iconic red squirrel from its main threat, the non-native grey squirrel.

“We strongly encourage people to continue to report sightings with us, just this small act of citizen participation can make a big difference to our efforts.”

Sightings can be reported year-round at



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