Squirrel groups in Northern Ireland
There are currently seven squirrel action groups in Northern Ireland, these groups are listed below with contact details. However, all the groups would welcome more support. if you would like to start up your own group, please contact Jon Lees 02890 569 551.
The Glens Red Squirrel Group
This group works with another local wildlife group the Glenarm Wildlife Group to cover a vast area of the north-east of Northern Ireland.
The West Tyrone Red Squirrel Group
This is one of the newer groups lead by Omagh District Council Biodiversity Officer Julie Corry.
The North West Red Squirrel Group
This group centred on the Londonderry City squirrel population, the group which is led by Derry City Council / Strabane District Council Biodiversity Officer Christine Doherty.
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The Tollymore Red Squirrel Group
Tollymore Red Squirrel Group has been established to conserve the red squirrels of Tollymore Forest Park
Fermanagh Red Squirrel Group
There are two 'Red Squirrel Preferred Areas' (RSPA) in the county, the Slieve Beagh Area in East Fermanagh and and the large conifer plantations in West Fermanagh.
The Ards Red Squirrel Group
The core representatives on this group are the National Trust (Lead Organisation), Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP) and the Tollymore Red Squirrel Group.
The Ring of Gullion Red Squirrel Group
The Ring of Gullion website is linked below. You can read all about the groups aims and objectives as well as download the management plan, get regular updates and report sightings too.
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Red Squirrels United
What is Red Squirrels United?
Red Squirrels United is the biggest ever partnership of academics, practitioners and volunteers working together on a scientifically robust programme of red squirrel conservation across the UK.
Led by The Wildlife Trusts in partnership with eight partners - including Newcastle University, Forest Research, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Red Squirrels Trust Wales, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Ulster Wildlife and the Wildlife Trusts of South and West Wales - work focuses on nine main stronghold areas of red squirrel populations across Northern Ireland, England and Wales.
Red Squirrels United is the largest invasive species management programme in Europe and is supported by the EU LIFE14 programme and the Heritage Lottery Fund of around £3 million. In Northern Ireland, the project is also supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.