The red squirrel is one of Britain’s most iconic and beloved mammals. Once the most common squirrel in the UK, they are now under threat, primarily due to the introduction of the non-native invasive grey squirrel from North America.
The Red Squirrel South West project is committed to the restoration and protection of red squirrels in the South West of England.
Who we are
The Red Squirrel South West Project (RSSW) is a registered charity (no. 1138484) formed to restore the red squirrel to favourable conservation status throughout the South West of England.
RSSW was established in 2008 by a group of private landowners and passionate individuals who all shared the same vision for local biodiversity. The charity is based at Escot Park, East Devon, which in 2011 built a ¾ acre walk-through red squirrel enclosure – only the second in the UK.
The South West has three successful red squirrel colonies, on Brownsea Island, the Scilly Isles, and the Isle of Wight.
However, the region lacks an overarching strategy that would link existing efforts, and empower those who would like to volunteer their time, energy and land to create release sites for red squirrels – which is where we come in!
- Lower grey populations in the South West
- Build and support a network of individuals
- Work on grey control & restoration of our native biodiversity
- Educate the public on the plight of reds and the damage caused to our native flora & fauna by greys
- Establish red squirrels back into the South West
BRITISH RED SQUIRREL
British Red Squirrel is a working project of the Red Squirrel South West Group. BRS acts as a main hub for all those interested in red squirrel conservation and grey squirrel control, providing information with links to current activity across the British Isles. Working alongside other organisations, British Red Squirrel has a focus on raising awareness of the squirrel situation in the British Isles and helping the general public become involved. If you would like to learn more about BRS, or find links to projects in your area then visit their website.
WE ARE ALWAYS ON THE LOOK OUT FOR DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS. IF YOU FEEL YOU CAN HELP PLEASE CONTACT US.