The Ring of Gullion and Cooley Red Squirrel Group have joined up with Quercus to carry out a survey of red/grey squirrel and pine martens across Northern Ireland in the coming months. There will be a training session in the outdoor classroom in Slieve Gullion Forest Park on Saturday 31st January from 10.00am until 12.00pm.
The project, funded by the Challenge Fund, will use camera traps to monitor the distribution of red/grey squirrels and pine martens in the area. No experience is needed and members of the public are welcome on the day to come along and get trained up. Volunteers will be required to work in pairs to set up the camera and feeder in a wooded area for a week and then take down the equipment when finished. There will be some ladder climbing involved to make sure that the cameras are placed about 3 meters up the tree.
Quercus are hoping to find out more about the distribution status of the native and endangered red squirrel and pine martens across the Ring of Gullion area. This piece of work is being made possible via a grant from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s Challenge Fund.
Quercus, which is part of Queens University Belfast, is responsible for conducting high quality ecological research within the school of Biological Sciences.
Event takes place on January 12, 2019 until February 23, 2019
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