Red squirrel fans set for Kelso show

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Volunteers working to save red squirrels in the Borders are being sponsored to go to the Border Union Show in July.

The Red Squirrel Watch group of four, led by Tweedmouth-based Elizabeth Bamford, hope to raise awareness of the native species and encourage people to control the non-native greys which threaten the reds.

The 68-year-old first fell in love with red squirrels when she watched one from her sitting room about six years ago: “They are just incredible. They are so tiny and so amazing to see,” she said.

She set up a volunteer group in Berwick about five years ago and also helps Red Squirrels in South Scotland (RSSS), setting up information stands at shows, schools, supermarkets, libraries and other places. She recently led Coldstream primary schoolchildren in a morning’s surveying at, looking for signs of squirrels and later building a drey.

She said: “It was excellent. The children were electric running around looking for dreys. And (building one) the whole thinking process was fascinating.”

The Red Squirrel Watch volunteers will be at Harestanes’ family day (see above). And the group are being sponsored by Cheviot Trees and Ford and Etal Estates to attend the Border Union Show on July 26-27 for the first time.

To report sightings, or for more information, visit www.scottishsquirrels.org.uk or call RSSS project officer Karen Ramoo on 01750 23446.