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Help make a difference to the future of the reds in Formby © National Trust

Help make a difference to the future of the reds in Formby

The red squirrels at Formby have had a tough few years; with harsh winters and an outbreak of the squirrel pox virus, the numbers had fallen so far that the population was almost wiped out. We must raise £1,600 to plant half a hectare of mixed conifers and £2,400 for fencing to shield the young trees. This will help to secure a natural food source for the red squirrels for the next 100 years and more! Text ‘SQRL01’ plus amount (eg £5) to 70070 or visit our Justgiving page to donate and become a 'Friend of the Red Squirrels' today. Your support will make a difference. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to our Just Giving Campaign. At the beginning of February 2014 we have over 80% of the funds required to complete this phase of tree planting.

Donate online

You can now donate online to help the red squirrels of Formby. Support the squirrels and help raise money to plant a new habitat.

Why conifers?

Looking up the length of the conifers make you realise how mighty they are!

Red squirrels gain a competitive advantage over greys within conifer forests. The reds can survive on small conifer seeds, whereas greys are more restricted to deciduous habitats that provide larger seeds of higher calorific value.

Squirrel pox virus

A British treasure! © National Trust

In 2008, the red squirrels at Formby were almost wiped out because of harsh winters and the spread of the squirrel pox virus. Thankfully, the population is now recovering.

Wild for wildlife

A view across the Marram and Sea-lyme sand dunes at Formby Point © Joe Cornish

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