RSST is supporting an exciting reintroduction scheme in the Lizard and West Penwith areas of Cornwall.
The Cornwall Red Squirrel Project (CRSP) is a locally managed project with support from RSST and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. It aims to reintroduce red squirrels to The Lizard and West Penwith in west Cornwall.
The project was launched by RSST Patron HRH The Prince of Wales at the Royal Cornwall Show on 10th June 2010 following a study conducted by RSST, which identified the areas as suitable for a reintroduction. Both are bordered by sea on three sides and can be protected from reinvasion by greys.
Captive bred reds will be introduced once all greys have been removed. This process is challenging, and is likely to take at least three years. Controlling greys in the project areas has already begun.
RSST helped to establish the CRSP and continues to provide technical advice. We are also assisting with funding to support the project. It is hoped that as a result of this exciting new scheme red squirrels may be seen once again in the woodlands of Cornwall for the first time since 1984.