Wildwood Trust

Save Our Red Squirrels

Wildwood will be rescuing red squirrels from certain extinction through targeted captive breeding and reintroductions. The squirrels will be bred at our wildlife conservation park in Kent, with the young being released to designated reintroduction sites in Wales and Anglesey.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1093702)

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Campaign target

£7,700

Amount raised

£6,570

Donations

107

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Situation

Red squirrel numbers have been devastated over the past century and will continue to decline towards extinction unless urgent action is taken. We face the risk of this beautiful creature disappearing completely from our countryside and must act now to safeguard their future. The red squirrel is our only native squirrel species, now vastly outnumbered by the invasive grey squirrel. Without immediate conservation the species is expected to be completely wiped out in Britain by 2030.

Solution

Wildwood will run extensive breeding programmes and liaise with reintroduction organisations to ensure the red squirrel maintains its presence in our countryside. Specially designed breeding enclosures will be utilised at Wildwood to encourage reproduction from breeding pairs; the young can then be released at designated sites across the country. Wildwood will be working in conjunction with other organisations to choose suitable reintroduction sites and ensure the success of this project.

  • ‚ÄúHow can we just do nothing while witnessing the disappearance of one of this country‚Äôs most endearing species? Now you can join with Wildwood Trust and give Red Squirrels a fighting chance for survival‚Äù

    — Chris Packham

  • “How can we just do nothing while witnessing the disappearance of one of this country’s most endearing species? Now you can join with Wildwood Trust and give Red Squirrels a fighting chance for survival”

    — Chris Packham