Tresco’s Red Squirrels Being Released For First Time

Tresco’s red squirrels have been let out of their habitat for the first time.

Four male and two females arrived last September. The British Wildlife Centre who supplied them hoped the island could become a safe haven for the endangered species. But just two of those have survived.

One squirrel recently died from septicaemia following wounds sustained fighting another.

Abbey Gardens’ curator Mike Nelhams says they hope to add another six squirrels soon and after breeding there could be ten by the end of the year.

He says visitors have been very interested in the scheme. His colleagues have placed boxes in trees to encourage the squirrels to move around so visitors can see them.

He hopes that when they get used to people they’ll become tamer, but they want the squirrels to come to people, rather than the other way round.