What does a red squirrel ranger actually do?

Our red squirrel ranger

Meet our red squirrel ranger, Glen, who is in charge of food rations, keeping predators away and making traffic signs for road crossing squirrels at Wallington.

What’s the best part of being a red squirrel ranger Glen?
I think the best part is showing visitors the squirrels and other animals and seeing how excited people get. Often they are seeing their first-ever red squirrel.  

Why are grey squirrels a problem?
Red squirrels belong in the British Isles, but grey squirrels were brought here many years ago when people did not realise the damage they would cause. Because of this, red squirrels are now quite rare and have been lost from most of the country. Grey squirrels live in much bigger numbers in woods and can eat all the food before reds can get it. They also cause trees a lot of damage. Worst of all, they carry a disease which doesn’t hurt them but causes red squirrels to die.

Where can I see red squirrels?
We now have red squirrels all over the Wallington Estate. You can see reds at other Trust places too – at Cragside in Northumberland, Allan Bank in the Lake District and Formby, near Liverpool. In the south you can see them on Brownsea Island in Dorset, and the Isle of Wight.

This article first appeared in the autumn 2016 issue of our magazine

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