Red Squirrel Campaign begins

The Lake District Foundation is excited to launch SAVEREDS a campaign to help save red squirrels in Cumbria

It is said that Cumbria is the best county to see wild red squirrels in northern England. We know that 80% of red squirrel conservation effort is being carried out by volunteer groups across the north. Without this passion and commitment, we will lose reds within 10-20 years. More


Find out how you can help .....

Together with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, we are running two, 3 hour workshops, where you can learn practical tips on how to look after and encourage reds, what to feed them and how to monitor them. Not only are they extremely cute, they could bring benefits to your business. Select your choice of venue, South Lakes and North Lakes to book.

Research shows that the larger, grey squirrel, is largely to blame for the decline in reds. Introduced in the 1900's, the greys not only compete with the reds for food, but they also carry a disease `squirrelpox virus', which is lethal to the reds. But all is not lost, through careful monitoring, volunteers have discovered that, if kept separated from the greys,the reds can thrive. However, more monitoring equipment is required, in order that the grey's and red's can be kept apart.


Make your donation

Text SAVEREDS5 to 70085 to donate £5
Text SAVEREDS10 to 70085 to donate £10
Text SAVEREDS20 to 70085 to donate £20
visit our Justgiving page
via our website

  • £15 will buy a squirrel-only feeder to provide supplementary food to reds
  • £20 will buy a feeder cleaning equipment to help prevent the spread of squirrel pox virus, a disease carried by grey squirrels and fatal to reds
  • £30 will buy a 30kg bag of squirrel food specifically tailored for reds
  • £45 will enable a volunteer to undergo essential training in conservation skills
  • £70 will hire a contractor for a day to carry out work in large, remote woodlands to manage grey squirrels or monitor for reds
  • £100 will buy a trail camera pack to monitor squirrels in woodlands
  • £250 will buy a projector to help a red squirrel group to deliver talks to local communities, raising awareness and engaging new volunteers
  • £1300 will buy a thermal imaging camera to identify squirrels in high canopy or dense foliage, massively increasing the effectiveness of volunteer time

The Lake District Foundation a charity registered in England and Wales with the charity number 1174201, and is registered with the Fundraising Regulator. We raise funds for, and give grants to, high-impact evidence-based projects that care for the landscapes, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Lake District and Cumbria.

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