Tresco’s Red Squirrel Colony To Be Restocked

Tresco’s red squirrel colony will be restocked with new animals from a wildlife centre in Surrey within the next six weeks.

Of the five squirrels brought over last autumn, only two have survived.

But Abbey Gardens curator Mike Nelhams feels lessons have been learned. Mike says they should be let  out of their enclosure earlier as the islands don’t get too cold.

Some of the squirrels died from injury and septicaemia following fights that happened when they were in close proximity

The British Wildlife Trust are sourcing them four females and two males, what’s known as a ‘mating trio’ from different gene pools, so they are not all from the same family.

It’s hoped that Tresco could become one of the last safe havens in the UK for endangered red squirrels. The island has joined the Isle of Wight and Brownsea Island where colonies have been established.

The scheme was first suggested four years ago by Daily Telegraph wildlife columnist, and regular visitor to Tresco, Robin Page.