Competition winner is announced

Barbara Graham's winning photograph of a red squirrel.
Barbara Graham's winning photograph of a red squirrel.
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The winners of a red squirrel photography competition have been revealed.

Northern Red Squirrels and Woodhorn Museum jointly ran the competition to highlight the plight of the squirrels and to get people out and about over the bank holiday weekend.

Budding photographers were invited to capture the critters on camera, with all entries then shown at Woodhorn as part of the museum’s wildlife day.

Glen Graham from NRS said: “We are fortunate in our region that we still have strong populations of red squirrels, but they are under constant threat from the bigger greys.

“Although some of the red strongholds are a little remote, others are right on our doorsteps, and with a little patience, almost anyone can see one of these beautiful creatures.

“Woodhorn is a fantastic place to watch squirrels.

“Feeding stations beside the railway mean you are almost guaranteed to see one if you can sit a while.

“You don’t need to have a fancy camera either. The squirrels are within easy range.

“It’s a joy just to watch their antics as they retrieve nuts from the feeders.”

The best red squirrel photograph taken at Woodhorn was won by Barbara Graham, from Ashington, with her photograph, above.

She wins a year’s free subscription to the Northumbrian Magazine.

Best red squirrel photograph taken anywhere was won by Malcolm Payner, from Blyth, who wins the prize of a half day of personal wildlife photography tuition with Northern Experience Wildlife Tours.

The best red squirrel photograph taken by a young photographer was won by seven-year-old Finlay Douglas, from Morpeth.

Finlay wins a year’s membership of Woodhorn for him and his family and a special goody bag.

Events organiser Liz Ritson said: “Woodhorn and Northern Red Squirrels would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone that took part in the competition.”