Bridge to Success!

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Red Squirrels are on the increase in Wester Ross now, with several populations near Ullapool, Dundonnell, Torridon , and Shieldaig  - with other sightings in the Gairloch area. Here's one innovative solution to the constant problem of road accidents involving squirrels!

Conservationists are celebrating after a specially designed “squirrel bridge”, slung between trees high above a road in the north west Highlands, proved to be a resounding success.

Camera traps hidden on the rope bridge, which is suspended over the A896 near the village of Shieldaig in Wester Ross, have revealed that it is now something of a busy thoroughfare for reds.The crossing was installed last June by conservation charity Trees for Life as part of an ongoing project to reintroduce red squirrels to the area, where they were once common.

Only 120,000 red squirrels are currently estimated to survive in Scotland, due to the widespread destruction of their forest habitats and the introduction of the grey squirrel to the UK in the nineteenth century. As well as outcompeting reds, grey squirrels are also carriers of the squirrel pox virus, to which they are immune but which is lethal to reds.

(Original article carried by The Scotsman)

Posted on Monday, July 1st 2019

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Posted on Friday, June 28th 2019

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A simply beautiful part of the world. I stayed near Gairloch with my family recently, and we'll certainly be back.
Jeff Gilberston, Florida

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