Conservationists are trying to halt the spread of grey squirrels into areas where red squirrels live. Trees are also being planted that provide food for red squirrels but not grey squirrels.
Perhaps the last refuge of the red squirrel will be in the Kielder Forest, part of which lies within Northumberland National Park.
For more information on Red Squirrels and the efforts being made to protect the species visit the Save our Squirrels website.
How can you help?
Their website allows you to report sightings of red and grey squirrels and links to the local action groups. There is also a wealth of information about red squirrels and frequently asked questions.
If you would like to be part of a group, set up your own group, or report if you are trapping grey squirrels, use the links on the Northern Red Squirrels website to get in touch with them.
In and around Northumberland National Park there are groups in:
- Haydon Bridge
- Tyne Valley
The Northern Red Squirrels site also has a form to report sightings of red squirrels.