The Ring of Gullion and Cooley Red Squirrel Group is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation and well-being of all the wildlife on Slieve Gullion and the surrounding area, particularly our native red squirrel.
Seven years ago, due to a fungal disease that affected the larch trees, all the trees on Slieve Gullion and the local mountains were cut down leaving the already endangered red squirrels without their staple food, the larch cone.
Since then the Red Squirrel Group has been supplementing their diet mainly with peanuts. To continue with this vital work we depend on sponsorship and donations of nuts from local businesses and members of the public.
We are deeply grateful for all the help we get and so are the squirrels. The red squirrel is one of the most threatened mammals in the UK and Northern Ireland and as such it was decided as part of the Ring of Gullion Outstanding Action Management Plan to establish a Ring of Gullion Red Squirrel Group to conserve their populations in the South Armagh and Cooley area. Failure to implement this plan will result in the eventual disappearance of red squirrels in the Ring of Gullion area which would be a major blow to the conservation of red squirrels on the island.
We would appreciate if you could make a donation- peanuts are preferable. All donations are publicly acknowledged and a publicity photo shoot will be arranged. Contact the group on email [email protected]