MWRSP’s work in Wales

MWRSP project area

MWRSP project area

The 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 woodlands in the valleys.

As a result much of our work has been phased according to grant funding. You can download reports of the various phases.

The project has five key objectives:

Children from Cilycwm school visit the MWRSP project

Children from Cilycwm school visit the MWRSP project

Objective 1: To systematically survey a large geographic area for squirrels using a live capture trapping programme.

Objective 2:As part of this programme to remove grey squirrels from the red squirrels key areas and buffer zones.

Objective 3: To involve the local communities and general public in sending in their red squirrel records and participating in squirrel surveys.

Objective 4: To raise awareness of red squirrels in the area through both an education & an events programme.

Red squirrel in hold for recording biometrics

Red squirrel in hold for recording biometrics

Objective 5: To use all data collected to work towards implementing habitat management that is sympathetic to red squirrels and to promote red squirrel key areas.

We are also working towards delivering the actions identified within the Conservation Plan for Red Squirrels in Wales. This plan was drawn up by the Wales Squirrel Forum, which WTSWW attends through the MWRSP.