To give these iconic mammals a fighting chance of survival, the charity is appealing for volunteers to help with efforts to protect them and has organised a meeting at Holywood Library on Thursday, 29th March at 6.30pm for anyone interested.
Volunteers are needed to monitor red squirrels and pine martens using camera traps and feeders and to gather information about nesting and breeding sites so that these areas can be safeguarded.
Volunteers are also sought to help prevent the further spread of invasive non-native greys moving into areas that could threaten red squirrel populations. Problems arise because grey squirrels out-compete reds for food and places to live and transmit a deadly disease which kills reds.
The urban pine marten could be part of the solution according to Ulster Wildlife, as areas with growing pine marten populations have seen grey squirrel numbers decrease and red squirrel numbers increase.