East Wigtownshire Red Squirrel Group


The red squirrel is an icon of the Scottish landscape, as much as red deer, otters, golden eagles and heather. But these beautiful creatures are threatened by their grey cousins which eat their food supplies, dominate their habitat and carry an incurable disease (squirrelpox) which is fatal to red squirrels.

What action is being taken?

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, a partnership project led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, has been set up to combat this threat and they are working with volunteer networks across the south of Scotland to conserve red squirrels.


Your local volunteer network is the East Wigtownshire Red Squirrel Group. We cover an area from Glentrool in the north to Whithorn in the south, encompassing the Machars Peninsula and the Cree Valley.

Current opportunity

We need people to report their squirrel sightings so that we can assess where the threat is prevalent. You can report sightings of both red and grey squirrels at scottishsquirrels.org.uk We also need people to get actively involved in red squirrel conservation. There is a role for everyone and full training is provided: • surveying and monitoring of local woods • raising public awareness and engaging the community (including running events and social media) • group administration duties • data management and IT • grey squirrel control