Plas Newydd Red Squirrel Appeal
In 2008 six red squirrels were released into the gardens at Plas Newydd - we now have over 100 squirrels that call Plas Newydd home. This year sees the official launch of Plas Newydd's new Red Squirrel Appeal to further improve their habitat and improve these loveable creatures' lives.
Although the reds are loving life at Plas Newydd there's still plenty that can be done to help their numbers. This year's Red Squirrel Week will also see the official launch of Plas Newydd's new Red Squirrel Appeal.
The Red Squirrel Appeal aims to raise £10,000 to help the team care for the squirrels' habitat by:
- maintaining and improving nest boxes,
- replenishing feed and installing new feeding stations
- creating a new squirrel viewing hide
- building a 'Squirrel Rope Bridge' across the main road
Squirrel rope bridge
In collaboration with the Anglesey Red Squirrel Trust the team at Plas Newydd are embarking on an ambitious project to build a rope bridge that will spans the busy main road next to Plas Newydd and provide safe passage for the squirrels to and from neighbouring woodland.
Each year tens of red squirrels are killed on the road and the hope is that, as well as saving lives, this will also encourage the squirrels to populate surrounding areas.
Red Squirrel Rangers
In addition to the money raised the appeal is also on the lookout for new Red Squirrel Ranger Volunteers to help them feed and care for the squirrels.
The rangers will become part of a team that will feed the squirrels, carry out maintenance and research and engage with visitors and promote the Red Squirrel Appeal and red squirrel conservation work during events.
Claire Seager, Visitor Experience Supervisor, who is heading the Red Squirrel Appeal explains why they decided to start this appeal now:
"We're so lucky to have the red squirrels at Plas Newydd and they are a huge hit with our visitors. We wanted to give people the opportunity to learn more about them and help them continue to grow in numbers"
"Each year we receive reports from visitors and staff about dead squirrels on the road so we asked our squirrel experts and the Anglesey Red Squirrel trust how we could stop this. the idea of raising money for a rope bridge was mentioned and it all took off from there.
How you can help
"When you visit Plas Newydd you can donate to the appeal and receive a Red Squirrel Appeal pack, which includes a map to find the red's favourite places to eat and play and follow a red squirrel trail inside the house.
"The reaction and support from visitors on site has already been amazing and o make it easier for people to get involved we've also set up online and text donations so people can continue to support the squirrels at Plas Newydd"
You can donate by visit our JustGiving page or by texting PNNT49 and your donation amount to 70070
One thing is for sure, with all the work going on and through the incredible support of volunteers, staff and visitors; the future looks bright for the Plas Newydd Reds