Your red and grey squirrel sightings are a very important part of our conservation work. Please send your report on the form below. You can see annual maps based on sighting reports showing where red squirrels have been spotted here>>
There is more information about red and grey sightings here>> including what to do if you find a sick, injured or dead red squirrel, where urgent action may be necessary.
To find out how we use your personal data when you submit a sighting report you should refer to our Privacy Notice>>. 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>>.
For grey squirrel sightings in the Grasmere area, please email directly to: giving date, grid reference, a description of where the squirrel was seen and any other relevant information. The Grasmere Red Squirrel Group is very keen to have details of any grey sightings as a matter of urgency in order to protect their thriving population of reds.
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. Just copy your grid reference from the tag and paste it into your sighting report or record. The satellite view is easier to work with once you’ve zoomed in to the general area of your sighting.
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>>