Solway Forests Red Squirrel Network

Working for the long term conservation of red squirrels in this area
We are a group of volunteers guided by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and supported by the Dalbeattie Community Initiative.
Our goal is to conserve red squirrels in the Solway Forests through raising awareness of their plight;
educating the wider public about the importance of recording sightings of red and grey squirrels in the local area;
 providing opportunities for people to see red squirrels;
reacting rapidly to control grey squirrels.
We are planning lots of activities in the coming months to raise awareness and raise funds for this project.
If you are interested in joining our group please contact us at:
Photo: Steve Gardner

For the 2020 Solway Forests Red Squirrel Calendar
in aid of local red squirrel conservation
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Photo from 2019 Calendar: Billy McMinn
Winning photograph on front cover
11 Runners Up: 1 for each month
Open to amateur photographers of any age
Atmospheric photographs of Scottish red squirrels
A5 size landscape prints (digital format for winning entries)
Name/address/phone details must be on back of each photo
Accompanying story about shot can be included
ENTRY £1 PER PHOTO (maximum 3 per person)
Closing date 31st July 2019
Cheques payable to Dalbeattie Community Initiative
All photographs to:
Solway Forests Calendar Competition, Dalbeattie Community Initiative,
71 High Street, Dalbeattie, DG5 4HA
Further information from
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What to do to reduce the spread of the SQUIRREL POX VIRUS

Squirrel pox is a devastating virus which has a 95% fatality rate in red squirrels. Symptoms of the disease include pus-filled lesions on the face (particularly around the eyes and mouth), paws and genitalia with squirrels often showing signs of disorientation, lack of coordination and lethargy.

Squirrel pox virus is now in the Solway Forest area. If you see a red squirrel showing symptoms of the squirrel pox virus visiting your garden or a grey squirrel using your garden feeders, feeders should be removed immediately and cleaned with an anti-viral disinfectant such as Virkon.

When the pox virus has been reported in your area, we would advise suspending the use of your bird/squirrel feeders until further notice to ensure that the disease is not spread further between animals.

The Solway Forests Red Squirrel Network is the local group working with Saving Scotland’s red squirrels (SSRS) project to provide advice in the event of a pox outbreak

You can report any suspected sick red squirrels or grey squirrels direct to your local group via John Lind on 07807226263 or


Page updated 29 May 2019