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Come on you reds - Bringing Back Red Squirrels to Britain

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Published on Jun 30, 2017

Wildwood Trust has helped repopulate The North Wales Island of Anglesey with Red Squirrels over the last 12 years, but as the native reds recolonise the mainland, Wildwood is now providing Red Squirrels to give support to their expansion and ensure their spread throughout the U.K.

In a major rewilding effort The Red Squirrel Trust, Bangor University, Welsh Mountain Zoo and Wildwood Trust have been working together on reintroducing Red Squirrels to Anglesey and expanding their range back to the mainland. Wildwood Trust has been successfully breeding Red Squirrels for over 14 years, and visitors to the popular Canterbury based wildlife charity have been thrilled to see the antics of the new baby Red Squirrels this month; an animal which is normally reclusive during the rest of the year.
Reversing 100 years of extinction is one of the main charitable goals of Wildwood Trust and the new babies are great news for the future. Once grown up, these captive-bred animals will be sent to Bangor University for reintroduction, living wild and free, helping form a buffer population to safeguard the species against national extinction.
Red squirrels went extinct in Kent in the 1960's, but many can still remember them from their childhood when Kent once teemed with these beautiful acrobats of the trees!

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