Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bid to Save Red Squirrel

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bid to Save Red Squirrel

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A campaign is set to be launched to save one of the best known symbols of the Lake District.

The Lake District National Park Authority is to be asked to approve a seven-point action plan, supported by nearly pounds 20,000 of funding and support-in-kind, to help save the native red squirrels from being over-run by rampant grey squirrels.

There are now about 2.5 million grey squirrels in Britain and only 160,000 reds.

The native reds have been forced back into the Lake District and Northumberland.

National Park ecologist Phil Taylor's plan will go before the authority on March 19. His report follows a public call to prevent red squirrels becoming extinct in the Lake District.

"The red squirrel is a Lake District icon, thanks to Beatrix Potter," said Phil.

"It is a major tourism attraction and represents something that is special to the area. Red squirrels are still present throughout the park.

"But where grey squirrels are present, red squirrels have declined. …

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