Animal Management: Breeding Red Squirrels

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As Scotland's political landscape evolves, so does the natural one and with it about 85% of our native red squirrels.

Once common and widespread throughout Britain, their numbers have been drastically reduced, mainly by the arrival of the grey squirrel from North America and also by the loss of suitable woodlands here at home.

There are some successful breeding initiatives taking place on the Isle of Wight, on Brownsea Island and on Anglesey, for example.

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Ana-Maria, one of the school's Ukrainian students, feeding 'Rio'  

In a rather more modest programme Bede's has acquired two individuals but after two years of anticipation, no offspring ('kittens') have been born. However, there is still hope and a swap with a new pair of adults could prove more successful.