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Isle of Wight holidaymakers told to look out for squirrels

Tue 29 Jun 2010

Isle of Wight holidaymakers told to look out for squirrels

Those on Isle of Wight holidays this summer have been asked to keep their eyes peeled for squirrels during their stay on the island.

The Red Squirrel Survival Trust (RSST) is launching a survey on the Isle of Wight in order to estimate the local population of red squirrels.

"It is vital as many people as possible living in red squirrel areas take part in this important survey," said television presenter Alan Titchmarsh and ambassador for the RSST.

The Isle of Wight is one of just a few areas in Britain where red squirrels can still be seen in the wild.

People on Isle of Wight holidays who spot the creatures during their time on the island are asked to visit the RSST website in order to complete the survey.

The RSST is not the only organisation monitoring the numbers of red squirrels on the Isle of Wight.

Helen Butler, the founder of Wight Squirrel Project, stated that it hopes to keep grey squirrels away from the island.

Posted by Adam Pearson ADNFCR-3083-ID-19863587-ADNFCR

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