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News Release 03-10-2008

Chris Packham joins Red Funnel for Red Squirrel Week

Red Funnel celebrates the launch of Red Squirrel Week 4–12 October 2008

The Company has joined forces with the Red Squirrel Trust and The Wight Squirrel Project to promote awareness of the plight of this rare indigenous species.

To celebrate the launch of Red Squirrel Week 2008, television presenter and author, Chris Packham was joined by a giant Red Squirrel at the Red Funnel Ferry terminal in Southampton. Chris has dedicated much of his life to filming, photographing and working to conserve wildlife in the UK and is pleased to be collaborating with Red Funnel in helping to protect and promote Red Squirrels and their habitat.

The Isle of Wight is one of the few places in the UK where Red Squirrels still thrive. The Solent, the stretch of water that separates the Isle of Wight from the mainland, helps keep out the American Grey Squirrel which not only outcompetes the Reds, but also carries the Squirrelpox virus which is fatal to Red Squirrels

As a local lad from Southampton, Chris understands the importance of preserving the Isle of Wight as a grey squirrel-free zone Chris says “As the Isle of Wight is one of the few places in the UK where the red squirrel population is thriving, I’m delighted to be working with Red Funnel to promote Red Squirrel Week and raise awareness of these beautiful creatures”.

There are many ways to donate to the Red Squirrel Trust with Red Funnel. You can donate when booking ferry travel online, when purchasing Squirrel themed food and drink, and you may also be able to spot the giant Red Squirrel who will be collecting donations on Red Funnel’s Ferries. To find out more and download Red Funnel’s leaflet produced for the Red Squirrel Trust please click on the link below.

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