Project aims to save red squirrels

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The Portsonachan Squirrel Regeneration Project are continuing their work to preserve the red squirrel population.

Some of the local volunteers of the group have installed new replacement squirrel feeders. These feeders will be used along South Loch Awe-side replacing existing feeders which have been damaged by the elements, thus providing a total of 19 feeding stations being watched and sustained by the volunteer group.

The purchase of the new feeders was made possible by the group’s main sponsor, Tilhill Forestry, and Egger Forestry. Also sponsoring the project this year is Ardanaiseig Hotel, which enables the group to have a continuous supply of food for the future, supplementing the natural diet available locally.

Spokesperson Carol Russell said: ‘We have already seen a steady spread of red squirrels from the initial hotspots, with some areas reporting four or five youngsters and hopefully we will see a second litter later this year.’

Further information on the project can be found on the Portsonachan Squirrel Regeneration Project Facebook page or by contacting Carol Russell at Carolr2@btinternet.com.

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