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Formby Red Squirrels


IanA 11 3.0k 12 England
11 Dec 2007 4:26PM
Looks like they need some help!

Lancashire Wildlife Trust is appealing for volunteers to help in the battle to save the Red Squirrels in Formby. Eleven Reds have died so far in an outbreak of squirrel pox, which is fatal to them and is carried by Grey Squirrels.

It is possible that the pox might wipe out the Reds if it is not contained. Volunteers can help by contacting the Save our Squirrels project and taking part in an organised search for sick Red Squirrels. If removed, they can be prevented from spreading the infection. Otherwise, the pox could spread through the whole colony.

A spokesperson from Save our Squirrels said: " We are in a desperate situation. Anyone who can spare the time to take part in a regular sweep of the National Trust site should call me straight away. If we don't win this battle, we could be saying goodbye to our Red Squirrels forever."

Members of the public are strongly advised not to handle sick squirrels without the necessary training and protective equipment.

For more details, contact
Save our Squirrels Red Alert at the Wildlife Trust office : 0151 9203769


For further information on Red Squirrel Conservation please look at the website: www.saveoursquirrels.org.uk

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csurry 12 9.2k 92
11 Dec 2007 4:38PM
Yes, there was a notice about this when we were up there the other week and Johnwannop did say he saw a grey within the confines of the reserve.

They did believe that the nature of the geography protected the Formby reds, but it seems not. There is a belief that the greys will not cross an area of more than a mile without continuous trees. So Formby was protected on three sides, basically. However, it appears that one way or another the virus has been spread.
chase e2
9 1.1k 242 England
11 Dec 2007 6:53PM
This is tragic news,I wish I lived a little closer...well, a lot closer actually...I do hope the situation gets sorted quickly !
Simon_Palmer 8 759 11 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2007 6:57PM
Damn Americans
agoreira 11 6.0k Wales
11 Dec 2007 7:04PM
Good chance for all the togs that have been there snapping away to give something back.
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
11 Dec 2007 7:06PM

Quote:Good chance for all the togs that have been there snapping away to give something back.


Good idea.
What a bad news for the reds...hope they survive
csurry 12 9.2k 92
11 Dec 2007 7:21PM
Actually it's a good chance for everyone to give something back and to try and protect one of the last strongholds of a native species.

Dog walkers and just general members of the public far outweigh the number of photographers at Formby. In fact the number of photographers can generally be counted on one hand on any day.

I do think that the National Trust could be doing more to publicise this as when we went it was a simple notice of the secondary noticeboard within the reserve. Not on the main board at the entrance.
IanA 11 3.0k 12 England
11 Dec 2007 7:25PM

Quote:I do think that the National Trust could be doing more to publicise this as when we went it was a simple notice of the secondary noticeboard within the reserve. Not on the main board at the entrance.


With the exception of the first line, the 1st post is a cut and paste of a wildlife trusts Press release Cheryl. They are trying, and that is why I posted it here. Smile

Ian
csurry 12 9.2k 92
11 Dec 2007 7:32PM
Yes Ian, but it's been going on since March this year - see link Could have chosen any number of stories from around March, but BBC is as good as any.

And what I'm saying is it wasn't well publicised on the site itself.
Barawic 9 9
13 Dec 2007 3:30PM
I hope this is sorted soon. However it was my understanding that the Formby red squirrels are not native to this country but were reintroduced from the continent. They are slightly darker than the native reds.
I wish I could help - wherever they came from they are great to see.
AndyJ
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2007 4:03PM
Hmmm, I knew about the pox but not about the appeal to help. Think I'll take myself off down there one day next week.

Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Ian
stuwhitt 10 1.4k United Kingdom
13 Dec 2007 6:39PM
Unfortunately its not just the pox that the Formby Reds have to contend with.
csurry 12 9.2k 92
13 Dec 2007 6:53PM
Yes Paul mentioned the felling whilst we were there, you'd hope that they may reconsider until the spread of the disease is better understood, but I expect not.

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