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Coastal Red Squirrels

Coast Care are proud to introduce the Coastal Red Squirrel Group. 

The red squirrel is native to Britain however has an uncertain future as the introduced grey squirrel expands its range. Grey squirrels out-compete reds for food in deciduous and mixed woodlands while also carrying a disease called squirrelpox virus which can kill a red squirrel in only two weeks. 

In Northumberland, we are fortunate to have a viable population of red squirrels. The Kyloe/Detchant and Shiellow woods are designated as a Red Squirrel Reserve by Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Save our Squirrels Project. Squirrel populations are monitored by enthusiasts around Berwickshire and Lower Coquetdale. There is a large area in-between where squirrel populations have not been monitored and thus the Coastal Red Squirrel Group was created. 

The Coastal Red Squirrel Group is organised by Coast Care volunteers who are passionate about saving the red squirrels in our area. If you would like to support the group or become a volunteer, please contact  

Please report sightings of both red and grey squirrels to

Our Partners

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are working together with Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Seahouses Development Trust and Northumberland Coast AONB to look after our coastal environment.

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