Sightings

Your red and grey squirrel sightings are a very important part of our conservation work.

There is more information about red and grey sightings here>> including what to do if you find a sick or dead red squirrel, where urgent action may be necessary.  Information about how to find a grid reference is given below the reporting form. If you’re not sure whether it was a red or grey squirrel you saw, see our quick guide here>>.

If the reporting form doesn’t load properly, please email your sighting report with date and grid reference to: sightings@westmorlandredsquirrels.org.uk

Sightings form:

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Either a 6 figure grid reference (eg SD 456 955) or a 10 figure grid reference (eg NY 32916 06136). See below for help.

Help with Grid References

For squirrel purposes, grid references can be either 6 figures (eg SD 406 986) or 10 figures (eg SD 40890 98882). Every British grid reference has a 2-letter prefix to locate it within a specific 100 kilometre square. In our area the prefix will be either SD or NY.

To Find a Grid Reference Online

UK Grid Reference Finder>> enables you to find a grid reference by using your cursor to pinpoint the location of your sighting on a map, and then right-clicking to produce a pin marking the spot you’ve selected.  Left-clicking on the pin will then show its grid reference in a tag. The satellite view is easier to work with once you’ve zoomed in.

Just copy your grid reference from the tag and paste it into your sighting report or record.  UK Grid Reference Finder opens in another window, so close to return to our site, or select our WRS tab from the menu bar.

To Find a Grid Reference From a Map

If you prefer to use a map to find your grid reference but need a reminder about how to do it, the Ordnance Survey provides a guide to the National Grid>>

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