Bridging the gap to help Cramlington’s red squirrels
October 17, 2019
Cramlington’s red squirrels are facing a perilous crossing in their quest to reach tasty hazelnuts on the other side of a busy road so now a plan has been hatched to erect rope bridges to help the endangered creatures cross safely.
The squirrels face the treacherous trip from their home in Seghill woods, across the busy road to East Cramlington nature reserve and back every day and regular fatalities are a sad reality.
Now, volunteers from Cramlington and District Red Squirrel Group, are raising £1200 for two locally sourced rope bridges that will connect the two woodlands.
Helen Hindson, the group’s secretary, said ” There have been over 40 red fatalities on this squirrel black spot in the last few years, 2 last week alone. The group has worked so hard to save our red squirrels and it’s heartbreaking to see so many casualties, numbers we can ill afford to loose”.
Northumberland County council has agreed to install the bridges and inspect them annually although future maintenance costs will be the charity’s responsibility.
Richard Redshaw, one of the red squirrel volunteers who lives near the nature reserve, urged motorists to slow down until the money is raised and the bridges installed. He said “Unlike the Tufty Club from years ago, our red squirrels haven’t learned the green cross code and are just doing what they do best, squirrelling away a food supply for the winter ahead”.
He added “Once the bridges are up we will need to entice them across with feeders at either side in the trees, fingers crossed they go nuts for this lofty solution”.
Cramlington and District red squirrel group has a ‘Just Giving’ page for any online donations which runs till the end of October. Any donations will be very gratefully received and help to make our areas red squirrels future that little bit more rosy.
The group’s Facebook page can be found here