What is it about?
The invasive eastern grey squirrel was introduced to Ireland in 1911 and has spread rapidly since. Irish red squirrels have undergone a severe population decline since the introduction of the grey squirrel. This new project, begun in September 2010, aims to accurately discover the current distribution of grey squirrels in Munster. This information will be used to model and map the future range expansion of the the grey squirrel and predict the effects on the native red squirrel.
How can you help?
If you have seen a red or grey squirrel in recent years in Munster, whether through direct observation or even spotting dead animals by the roadside, these researchers would like to hear from you. Any information on the presence or absence of either species could be of help.
To report a sighting please fill in the online survey at http://www.woodlandmammals.com/Survey.html or call Emily on 021-4901944 or 087-1735115.