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Programme to monitor red squirrel numbers

Student Kayleigh Foster, Sally Hardy of Ponteland and District Red Squirrels, Katy Cook of Red Squirrels Northern England, Michael Stephenson, zoo keeper at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens

Student Kayleigh Foster, Sally Hardy of Ponteland and District Red Squirrels, Katy Cook of Red Squirrels Northern England, Michael Stephenson, zoo keeper at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens

THE movements of red squirrels are now being monitored by Northumberland College students to help save the threatened species from extinction.

Red squirrels had not been seen at the college’s Kirkley Hall campus for a while so staff and students decided to set up a monitoring programme.

Now, with the help of special cameras, they have discovered at least five of the rare species in woodland on site and are working with Ponteland and District Red Squirrels and Red Squirrels Northern England on the project.

Students and staff are giving up their time voluntarily to raise money for feeders and food for the squirrels.

Hall staff Michael Stephenson said: “They are beautiful animals and we want to do whatever we can to help save them.”

 

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