There are thought to be about 140,000 red squirrels left in the UK.
Researchers are embarking on a new project aimed at helping to safeguard the future of the red squirrel in the UK.
The Nottingham Trent University study is investigating how red squirrels currently utilise and exploit urban environments – so that this information can be used to help better manage these habitats to their advantage.
Formby residents are accustomed to seeing Red Squirrels out and about in gardens or crossing roads from property to property. It's clear that many of our local Squirrel population have learnt to live with their human neighbours.
Nonetheless, this research is to be welcomed, the more we learn about the Squirrels, the more likely they are to survive and thrive. We take their presence for granted rather too much. Their survival is probably an indicator of our own long term chances.