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Latest news from Penrith & District Red Squirrel Group

We are delighted to hear that the latest figures show an increase in red squirrel sightings in the Penrith & District area. Find out how you can help build on this success in 2017.


A big thank you to all those businesses that have been fundraising for Penrith and District Red Squirrels Group.

Last year’s figures to September 2016 compared with the same period in the previous year show an outstanding 32% increase in red squirrel sightings and a 24% decrease in grey sightings - demonstrating that the work carried out by the Penrith & District Red Squirrel Group is working!

But there is always more work to be done, here are some of their plans for 2017:

AIRA FORCE 2017 will be all about red squirrel conservation with lots of activities for the whole family to get involved with.  Kids will be able to follow a squirrel trail and a new squirrel station is planned where visitors will be asked to monitor their sightings on a map.  A new camera and monitors will enable visitors to see what the squirrels get up to in their natural habitat and the Ranger, Christian, will be giving guided walks and talks to help visitors learn more about what red squirrel conservation really means.

To find out more go to the Aira Force website:

ACORN BANK The new Area Ranger, Joe Day, at the National Trust’s Acorn Bank has big plans for nature conservation and engagement. These include new path networks, rebuilding a crumbling weir, boundary repairs and creating access for mobility trampers throughout the estate. The red squirrel population at Acorn Bank has suffered an outbreak of squirrel pox this year but there have been a number of red squirrel sightings recently and Jo is keen to encourage their success, she said: “We are working with the squirrel ranger Jerry Moss, who is doing a great job of controlling the greys, and we are also putting plenty of feed out to encourage the reds into the area”.

Acorn Bank will run a series of activities throughout 2017, celebrating nature conservation in the parkland and the gardens. For more information go to:

Other ways you can get involved:

Contact your area Ranger/Coordinator to report any sightings of red squirrels

  • Andrew 07983 459918
  • Christian 07815 784381
  • Gary 07974 788434
  • David 07542 191865
  • John 07841 449648
  • Jerry 07736 779965
  • Matthew (Greystoke) 07949 366334
  • Rosemary (Caldbeck) 016974 47875

To report any squirrel sightings outside the P&DRSG’s area, please report to

Sponsor a Ranger

Penrith and District Red Squirrel group continues to work tirelessly at extending the range of red squirrels in this area and protecting them from extinction.  As with many other charities they rely on external funding and to continue their vital work. Penrith and District Red Squirrel group are looking for additional, sustainable, financial assistance to ensure they can continue to deliver this vital work.

If you could Sponsor a Ranger please contact Julie on 07788 264571 or at

You can also help by:

  • Organising a fund raising event
  • Promptly reporting all squirrel sightings
  • Sponsoring feed costs
  • Recruiting new fundraisers
  • Inviting Penrith and District Red Squirrels to give a talk to your organisation
  • Volunteering to assist the rangers
  • Sending your ‘Red’ pictures and stories to

Photo thanks to Paul Fowlie