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To feel really in touch with Scottish wildlife, there’s nothing quite like a walk in the woods in the company of our
wonderful native red squirrel. Because of their popularity and conservation status they have an important role to play in

the fight to save Gillies Hill. For this reason you are encouraged to report any sightings. For more information –
(www.savegillieshill.org.uk/squirrel/RedSquirrelSurveyForm.pdf).

Both the red (right) and non-native grey
squirrel (below) can be seen on Gillies
Hill. The greys outcompete for
resources in broadleaved woodland, but
the reds can hold their own amongst the
conifers (albeit in smaller numbers). The

two species have coexisted on Gillies
Hill for many years due to the mixed
woodland habitat, and their greatest
threat is the loss or fragmentation of
this very special place.




















Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)
Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Another threat to the red squirrels is the squirrel poxvirus, for which they have no immunity. A few grey squirrel
populations in England originally carried the disease, and there is currently a battle going on in the south of Scotland to
stop it spreading north. As far as I’m aware the disease is not present on Gillies Hill. For more information –
(www.snh.gov.uk/protecting-scotlands-nature/species-action-framework/species-action-list/red-squirrel). 10
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