Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reds Get Some Royal Backing

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reds Get Some Royal Backing

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Byline: Adam Luke Reporter

PRINCE Harry told red squirrel rangers he will write to the Duke of Northumberland for help to support the endangered species.

The Royal visited Frankham Wood, near Haydon Bridge, on Wednesday to find out how Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) partnership is trying to conserve the red squirrel population.

It was part of a day trip to the North East, in which the Prince also visited the efforts of the Armed Forces & Veterans Launchpad charity in Avondale House, Byker, Newcastle, in helping veterans in their transition to civilian life.

Prince Harry's first engagement was actually set up far from the woodland of Tynedale in December 2013 while he shared a tent at the South Pole with Hexham guide Conrad Dickinson, a patron of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

On his visit, the Prince - accompanied by the polar guide - began by meeting 20-year-old wildlife photographer Will Nicholls and hearing how he is helping promote red squirrel conservation, before taking a tour through Frankham Wood with red squirrel rangers to hear about methods used to control grey squirrels in order to make space for reds.

He ended by telling his hosts that he would write to the Duke of Northumberland after hearing landowners can do more to help the project across the county.

Conrad said: "Sadly we didn't see any red squirrels today but it was absolutely fantastic that Prince Harry found time to come up here and

promote what we are doing to help red squirrels in Northumberland. It is a measure of the man that he came all this way after I spoke to him about it in our tent.

"The call is for more volunteers to help us here in one of the last bastions for the reds. They can do this by joining the Northumberland Wildlife Trust."

He added: "The Prince said the red squirrel is a British icon, much like the robin - part of our heritage that is important to retain for future generations. …

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