More Red Squirrels Joining Tresco Colony

A new batch of red squirrels will be imported to Tresco next month.

The island started an experiment in rearing the rare mammals last year but only two of the six brought over last year survived.

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

A new group of twenty from different gene pools have been sourced by the British Wildlife Trust in Surrey.

Mike Nelhams of Tresco Abbey Gardens says the RNAS Culdrose helicopter will be flying the squirrels in.

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 already been established.

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

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