How you can help red squirrels

Red squirrel (c) Jon Hawkins Red squirrel (c) Jon Hawkins

From submitting sightings of red squirrels to joining your local Red Squirrel Group, there are many ways you help our native nutkin.

Find out more about red squirrels at one of our family-friendly events during Red Squirrel Week (24 Sept -  30 Sept).

Go on your own red squirrel safari by visiting one of our great places to see red squirrels

Be sure to submit your sightings of red or grey squirrels so we can help track the fortunes of our red squirrels.

Join your local Red Squirrel Group and help red squirrels thrive in your area. There are eight local Red Squirrel Groups across Northern Ireland who are helping to protect red squirrels within key woodlands, through supplementary feeding of reds, grey squirrel control, fundraising and raising public awareness about red squirrel conservation. For more information, click on the links below.

Glens Red Squirrel Group
Tollymore Red Squirrel Group
Cityside Red Squirrel Group, Derry/Londonderry
North West Red Squirrel Group
Fermanagh Red Squirrel Group
West Tyrone Red Squirrel Group 
Ards Red Squirrel Group
Ring of Gullion Red Squirrel Group
Ballygally Biodiversity Group
Heart of Down Red Squirrel Group, Ballynahinch
North Down Red Squirrel and Pine Marten Group

If you're a teacher, why not inspire your students about reds squirrels and raise awareness of their plight by downloading the Red Squirrel Teachers' Resource Pack, produced by NIEA.

Wherever you live, consider becoming a member of Ulster Wildlife. Your support will help local wildlife conservation work such as managing nature reserves and creating new wildlife habitat for red squirrels and a host of other wildlife.

Red Squirrels United Support Scheme 

The Red Squirrels United Support Scheme is now accepting applications from local voluntary and constituted red squirrel groups for funding to build and strengthen their grey squirrel control strategy and regional operations. 

Groups can apply for a maximum of £1,000 per group. Proposals must be received by 23:59 on 31 March 2019.

If your group is not currently a member of the NI Squirrel Forum, contact to register prior to applying.

To apply, please download the following documents:
RSU Support Scheme 2019 – Proposal Form
RSU Support Scheme 2019 – Procurement List
RSU Support Scheme 2019 – Guideline notes to help you with the application process.