The Mid Wales Red Squirrel Project

Red Squirrel by Graham Eaton

Red Squirrel by Graham Eaton

The Mid Wales Red Squirrel Project (MWRSP) is a landscape-scale project based in the Tywi Forest in central Wales, in the area around the Llyn Brianne reservoir.

The project has been running since 2002, and is a large partnership project of which WTSWW is an active member. The partnership comprises Carmarthenshire, Powys and Ceredigion County Councils, Foresty Commission Wales, Countryside Council for Wales, Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, Brecknock Wildlife Trust, National Trust, private forest managers and interested individuals.

Our aim is to protect and expand the unique population of red squirrels in the Tywi Forest, one of only three key populations left in Wales, and the only one remaining in the south of the country.

Browse the links below for further information or contact Lizzie Wilberforce

  • Communities Act to Save the Red Squirrel in Mid Wales Red Squirrel by Jon HawkinsOver 50 people congregated in community centres across mid Wales last week to find out about how local people can act to save the red squirrel in mid Wales.  The 3 events, held in Tregaron, Rhandirmwyn and Llanwrtyd Wells were hosted by the Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership and featured guest speaker, Jackie Foott from ...
  • The red squirrel in Wales Red squirrel populations in WalesDescription... Read More » Red squirrels’ body size is up to 25 cm, with the tail measures adding a further 20 cm. They are significantly smaller than the more abundant grey squirrel. Red squirrels have fur which varies from fine russet or chestnut colour in summer to dark brown or even greyish in winter, although there ...
  • Threats to the red squirrel in Wales Grey squirrel by Rob ParryThere are three principle causes of the decline and retreat of the red squirrel in Wales:... Read More » Competition from grey squirrels... Read More » The grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is not native to Britain. They were intentionally introduced to the UK in the 1870s. Since the original introduction of a small number of animals, grey ...
  • The red squirrel and legislation Grey squirrel by Rob ParryThe red squirrel benefits from legal protection under Schedules 5 and 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (WCA) (The Wildlife & Countryside (Northern Ireland) Order 1985),  which means that it is a protected species.... Read More » This legislation has subsequently been  amended, most recently by the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000 ...
  • MWRSP’s work in Wales Red Squirrel by Damina Waters compressedThe MWRSP is a partnership project and is almost entirely funded by grants and targetted fundraising undertaken by partners. We work in a core area around Llyn Brianne where red squirrels are known to persist, and in an identified buffer area where grey squirrels present the greatest threat by invading the core area along broadleaved ...
  • MWRSP downloads Red Squirrel by Elliot SmithClick on the links below to download files and reports produced by the project.... Read More » MWRSP project report 2012. Author: Lizzie Wilberforce, Project Officer: Phil Harries. Principal funder: Environment Wales... Read More » MWRSP report 2009-2010. Author: Bev Lewis, Project Officer: Phil Harries. Principal funders: PTES, CCW... Read More » MWRSP Mid Wales Red Squirrel Action ...