skip to main content
Coast Care

Coastal Red Squirrels

Coast Care have supported the creation of a Coastal Red Squirrel Group through the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

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 facilitated by 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 red squirrels to Northern England Red Squirrels:

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.

More →


​Practical Conservation Update

​Practical Conservation Update

11th November 2020

Since we returned from lockdown in July our volunteers have been carrying out many practical conserv...

21 Ways to Help Wildlife over Winter

21 Ways to Help Wildlife over Winter

20th October 2020

Like so many of us, our activities here at Coast Care have been curtailed by Covid-19. Our natural w...

"I met some wonderful people and really felt that my work helped make a difference to my local area."

Why Volunteer →