Project extended

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THE project to save Scotland’s red squirrels will continue for a further two years. Environment and Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson made the announcement on Tuesday (February 28).

Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) was a three year project, focussing on Scotland’s remaining red squirrel populations in the Highlands, Argyll, North East Scotland and northern Tayside. It originally ran from April 2009 to March 2012 and Phase Two of the project has will now run for another two years from April 2012.

Funding for phase two of the SSRS project is provided by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Forestry Commission Scotland. Other funders are urgently required to ensure the long term success of the project and the survival of the iconic red squirrel in Scotland.