Red Squirrel Safari at Kilbroney Park

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
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Red squirrel © Elliott Neep

Red squirrel © Elliott Neep

Families are invited to help track down one of our much-loved, but endangered animals, the red squirrel, on a safari at Kilbroney Park on Saturday 15th April, organised by Ulster Wildlife.
  Join Shanna Rice, Red Squirrel Officer for the Mournes, to explore its woodland home – one of the last remaining strongholds for the iconic nutkin in Co. Down – looking for clues it leaves behind and if you’re lucky enough, spotting the elusive creature itself.
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25th March 2017Red squirrels have declined dramatically since the invasive non-native grey squirrel was introduced to Ireland in 1911. Red Squirrels United, a UK-wide network, was set up in 2015 to protect the reds.
  Led by The Wildlife Trusts, in partnership with Ulster Wildlife in Northern Ireland and seven other partner organisations across the UK, the project aims to stop the decline of this charismatic species through conservation and community engagement. Shanna said, “Kilbroney Forest is one of the best places to see red squirrels in the Mournes. Our survey of reds has shown that they are thriving in this area, thanks to the work of Mourne Heritage Trust, so I am hopeful we will see some on Saturday.
  She added, “To maximise our chances, spaces are limited so I would encourage people to book early.” To find out more or to book a place, please email shanna.rice@ulsterwildlife.org or telephone 07816 065764.
  The event will start at 10am, meeting outside the Kibroney Cafe. Participants are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear for walking on uneven ground.
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