Budding photographers are being encouraged to enter a new competition to capture images of red squirrels in the region.
Northern Red Squirrels, an umbrella organisation linking up voluntary groups and individuals involved in the conservation of endangered red squirrels, is holding a photography competition, where entries will be shown at Woodhorn museum as part of its Wildlife Day inAugust.
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.
“Woodhorn is a fantastic place to watch squirrels. Feeding stations beside the railway mean you are almost guaranteed to see one.”
The competition has three categories: Best Red Squirrel photograph taken at Woodhorn and the prize is a year’s free subscription to the Northumbrian Magazine; Best Red Squirrel photograph taken anywhere with the prize of a half day of personal wildlife photography tuition; and Best Red Squirrel photograph taken by age 16 and under and the winner will receive Membership of Woodhorn plus a special goody bag.
Photographs must not have been published anywhere previously and entrants must agree to allow them to be use in publicity by the NRS and Woodhorn. Entries will be shown to the public as part of the squirrelfest at Woodhorn’s Wildlife Day on Monday, August 26.
The £1 per image entry fee will go towards the NRS.
Cheques payable to “Northern Red Squirrels” should accompany entries which need to be submitted as jpegs on DVD or CD, and sent to Northern Red Squirrels Photo Competition, c/o 13 Johnson Villas, North Choppington, NE62 5PX. Please remember to write your name, address and category clearly on the disc. Closing date for entries August 17.