The Mid Wales Red Squirrel Project

Red Squirrel by Graham Eaton

Red Squirrel by Graham Eaton

Please note that the red squirrel project now has its own dedicated website, for the most up to date information on red squirrels in mid Wales visit the Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership site.

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, Forestry 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 Sarah Purdon

  • Exciting DNA analysis planned for the Red Squirrel Project!Exciting DNA analysis planned for the Red Squirrel Project!
    The mid-Wales red squirrel partnership has been monitoring the local red squirrels for nearly 20 years now, but, in this time, it has never been possible to develop a good population estimate. The early years of the Mid-Wales Red Squirrel Project were focused on proving that there were, indeed, still red squirrels surviving here, which in ...
  • Red Squirrels in your Gardens!Red Squirrels in your Gardens!
    While much of our red squirrel survey work has been restricted by the pandemic lockdowns, we are thrilled to have multiple records of red squirrels being seen in gardens in mid-Wales. Rhandirmwyn, being one of the few villages in the core of the red squirrel focal site, has long been one of the best placed for ...
  • Red Squirrel Video Diaries!
    As we approach the end of the first year of the Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership (MWRSP) Healthy Reds project, our plans have had to adapt to global events. Lockdown has interfered with much of our planned volunteer and survey work, and many of the summer shows, which are one of the main ways in which ...
  • Red Squirrels in Clywedog!Red Squirrels in Clywedog!
    Red squirrels have been surviving in an isolated area of mid Wales since before the incursion of American Greys. The Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership was founded in 2002 to protect our native red squirrels and learn more about them. Since then, the partnership has discovered a unique mid Wales haplotype through DNA work- proving ...
  • New Kit on the BlockNew Kit on the Block
    An exciting new development for the red squirrel project in mid Wales! In spring 2018 we had seen a whopping 5 red squirrels making good use of its contents, all of which was captured on our trail camera along with some cheeky mating behaviour. Lucky for us, the sticky pad provided us with a few hair ...
  • Why do Red Squirrels wag their tails?Why do Red Squirrels wag their tails?
    A squirrel’s bushy tail serves many functions, from helping to keep warm like a blanket in winter or cool as it shades its head in the summer.  The tail also helps with balance as the squirrel climbs and jumps. When sitting still, however, tail wagging indicates that the squirrel is trying to communicate. Squirrels tend to wag their ...
  • Red Squirrels – Caught on Camera!Red Squirrels – Caught on Camera!
    “Have you seen a red squirrel in mid Wales lately?” That’s the question that Wildlife Trust Red Squirrel Officer, Becky Hulme is asking; and reports of sightings are coming in – many from the Llanfair Clydogau and Llanddwei Brefi areas. Becky remarked: “People love seeing red squirrels in Wales; this native mammal really does make an impact ...
  • Pine Martens: an ally for our mid Wales Red Squirrels?Pine Martens: an ally for our mid Wales Red Squirrels?
    The Vincent Wildlife Trust is hoping to boost mid Wales’ struggling pine marten population by bringing a small but significant number of martens from Scotland. Charismatic, elusive and running out of time; this native Welsh mammal, bele’r coed, has all but disappeared from the Welsh landscape. Once widespread throughout Britain, the pine marten’s historical decline began with ...
  • Communities Act to Save the Red Squirrel in Mid WalesCommunities Act to Save the Red Squirrel in Mid Wales
    Over 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 WalesThe red squirrel in Wales
    Description 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 is a great ...
  • Threats to the red squirrel in WalesThreats to the red squirrel in Wales
    There are three principle causes of the decline and retreat of the red squirrel in Wales: Competition from grey squirrels 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 squirrel numbers have climbed to more ...
  • The red squirrel and legislationThe red squirrel and legislation
    The 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. This legislation has subsequently been  amended, most recently by the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW) for England ...