Conserving Scotland's red squirrels

Scotland supports an estimated 75% of the UK red squirrel population. Although one of the most popular mammal species in the country, red squirrels currently face a number of ecological problems and their range within the UK has been much reduced. It means that the red squirrel is now one of the most threatened mammal species we have.

This note sets out the actions being led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) to conserve red squirrels. SNH and FCS work together and in partnership with other organisations and individuals to deliver actions to save the red squirrel for future generations.

We will continue to be involved with wider partnerships, groups and organisations to work together on red squirrel conservation.

We support local squirrel groups through the Scottish Squirrel Group and we are part of the UK Red Squirrel Group which ensures that action is co-ordinated nationwide.

Public involvement is crucial to saving red squirrels in Scotland and we are delighted to support this through projects such as Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, Red Squirrels of the Highlands (Feoragan Ruadh Na Gaidhealtachd) and Red Squirrels in South Scotland.

Further details of these projects can be found on their websites:

Details about our work to protect Scotland’s red squirrels are updated regularly on our websites. Please see: