Red Squirrel Week is fast approaching and Newry Mourne and Down District Council have joined forces with the Ring of Gullion and Cooley Red Squirrel Group to offer a wild day out for all at Slieve Gullion Forest Park on Saturday 14th October. Come along to this free event to learn more about our furry native red squirrels and autumn in the park.
Kicking the day off will be a walk and talk by Dr David Tosh and members of the Red Squirrel Group on the work the group is carrying out in Slieve Gullion. This will include a visit to the squirrel feeders and pine marten nest box in the area. This walk is geared towards members of the public who want to get involved in the work of the Red Squirrel Group.
Later on in the day, there will be a number of guided walks along the Red Squirrel Trail. The trail takes the public on a journey of the red squirrels natural habitat.
Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council states “We will be trying to encourage more people to report their sightings of red and grey squirrels to enable the group to pinpoint where action is needed. This can include setting up new feeding stations for red squirrels or setting traps for grey squirrels. We are always looking for more volunteers to help”.
The Red Squirel Group hope this event to celebrate Red Squirrel Week, will help people understand more about the red squirrel’s habitat and behaviour, why they’re in danger from factors such as competition from greys, disease, and loss of woodland, and get involved in efforts to protect them.