Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cally Hopes Hedge Fund Will Boost Red Squirrel Population

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cally Hopes Hedge Fund Will Boost Red Squirrel Population

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Byline: Tony Henderson

RESEARCHER Cally Quigley is hedging her bets on whether red squirrels can survive in the North.

But Cally, 22, from Chatsworth Gardens in Walker, Newcastle, is doing her best to help them in the face of the advancing tide of grey squirrels.

She will be placing more than 100 tubes in hedgerows and trees in Cumbria in a project to track the movements of reds.

The reds will be attracted to the foot-long tubes, which are baited with hazel nuts.

As they enter and leave the tube, they will leave hair samples.

This will allow Cally to work out if the reds are hedge-hopping between fragmented woodlands.

Movements between woods is important because if populations of reds are isolated, they can become especially vulnerable.

Cally is carrying out the six-month project after graduating from Cumbria University in animal conservation science.

The study is being funded by the People's Trust for Endangered Species. …

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