Cross border squirrel symposium at Kelso, September 13th

At least 70 red squirrel and conservation enthusiasts gathered at Springwood in Kelso on September 13th for a squirrel cross border symposium.

It was organised by the UK Squirrel Accord, supported by RSST and hosted by their Graces the Dukes of Buccleuch and Northumberland and Lord Joicey from Ford and Etal Estates. It was attended by many landowners, volunteers and enthusiasts across southern Scotland and northern England, with some top class speakers and presentations – Some of the downloadable presentations are listed below.

Julie Lane and Matt Gomm (National Wildlife Management Centre) presented on traps
Giovanna Massei and Dave Cowan (National Wildlife Management Centre, Animal and Plant Health Agency) presented on fertility control in grey squirrel control. The text of their talk

Alexa Seagrave (Red Squirrel Project Officer, South Scotland) presented on history and strategy of saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels. She spoke in particular about the PARC’s (Priority Areas for Red squirrel conservation), saying that within these areas..”landowners can apply for grant assistance to carry out grey squirrel control.Estate wide control combined with volunteer control efforts represents a real chance of safe guarding the future of the red squirrel”…

Colin McInnes (Moredun Research Institute) presented on squirrelpox,what we know and can do about it
A summary of the talks and points to take forward by Adrian Vass (UK Squirrel Accord)

Here are a few photos of the day – The Duke of Buccleuch, Lord Joicey, the Earl of Kinnoull, Pete Robertson Newcastle University, the APHA team

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