Species Champions: Red squirrel

There are 120,000 Red squirrels in Scotland, 75% of the UK population. Red squirrels are most often found in coniferous woods, feeding on the seeds in pine cones.

Action Needed

1. Support the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels partnership project – involving Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Forestry, Scottish Land and Estates.
2. Support habitat improvement projects.
3. Support Grey squirrel control.
4. Ensure the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is fully implemented.


Rapid decline since the 1950s due to competition from Grey squirrels, squirrelpox virus, habitat fragmentation and road kill.

MSP Species Champion

Gail Ross

Member for: Caithness, Sutherland and Ross

Party: Scottish National Party

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