Go ‘nuts’ about red squirrels at Slieve Gullion

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Monday, October 1st, 2012
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Come along to Slieve Gullion on Saturday 6th October at 11am to find out more about one of our much-loved native mammals, the red squirrel, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of one! The event, organised as part of Red Squirrel week, is supported by Newry and Mourne District Council, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, The Ring of Gullion Red Squirrel Group and the Tollymore Red Squirrel Group. The red squirrel is one of the most popular and easily recognisable of our woodland mammals. With their distinctive russet fur, tufted ears and twitching tail, a red squirrel is always a captivating sight in our forests, if you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one! They’re agile, cute and furry, and we’re all nuts about them! Yet, these flashes of red are becoming more and more rare. Disease, loss of habitat and increasing numbers of grey squirrels have taken their toll on our red squirrel population, which has fallen rapidly in recent years. Darren Rice, the Ring of Gullion AONB Officer explained, “Weather depending we will take you on a journey of the red squirrels natural habitat and even see what it eats, the equivalent of our dirty dishes. This free, family friendly event will include activities such as a touchy feely box, arts and crafts, a squirrel quiz with prizes to be won, as well as lots of information on our shy friend the red squirrel.” For further information on the red squirrel event please contact Darren Rice, Ring of Gullion AONB Officer on 028 3086 8900, or e-mail Darren.rice@newryandmourne.gov.uk
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