Our understanding of how best to conserve red squirrels through grey squirrel management continues to evolve. Research aids this understanding, providing new knowledge and insights previously not available. RSNE's involvement in research work is varied:
Over the last two years we have been gathering detailed monitoring information at five woodland "Ambassador sites" where regular grey squirrel management has been undertaken by RSNE Rangers. These investigations will assess impact of our work in local grey squirrel populations. Fieldwork is now complete and data analysis is underway. We expect to publish findings in 2015.
At a larger scale, team members are currently analysing three years of monitoring data from right across northern England to learn more about the factors most influential on red squirrel woodland occupancy. Complex mathematical modelling processes are required to inform such analysis and we hope to publish findings in 2015.
The team and our partners also assist other organisations and students in their studies. Three recent examples are shown below:
Newcastle University MSc student Alastair Krzyzosiak's study (see below) assessing the impact of different intensities of monitoring effort on squirrel detection rates.
Liverpool University's fantastic new published work on squirrel pox supported by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and National Trust on the Sefton coast.
Newcastle University PhD student Deborah Brady studying the impact of woodland management of individual red squirrels in Northumberland.
Deborah's research is kindly supported by: