About Us

The Westmorland Red Squirrels group exists to save our red squirrels from extinction in South East Cumbria. Visitors and residents alike are always delighted to spot red squirrels, an icon of the English Lake District. If we do nothing to protect them, these wonderful creatures will disappear from our landscape forever.

Our Organisation>>

Our founder-members were working as red squirrel conservation volunteers from the early 1990s with the Red Alert programme and, later, the Save Our Squirrels initiative. The Society was formed in 2005 and in 2011 we became a registered charity.

What We Do>>

We raise awareness about red squirrels and how they are threatened if nothing is done to help them. In this way we aim to gain financial and practical support for our conservation work to protect red squirrels.

Who We Work With>>

We work closely with landowners and with the Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE) project. We also co-operate with other red squirrel groups and with conservation organisations such as the National Trust, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, the Forestry Commission, the Lake District National Park Authority, the Woodland Trust and the Red Squirrel Survival Trust. We are a member of Northern Red Squirrels, the umbrella body for all volunteer groups across Cumbria, the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland.


We provide speakers to local groups and public meetings to raise awareness about the plight of red squirrels and to explain how we are working towards their conservation. Contact us>> to arrange a speaker for your group.

Projects & Grants>>

For details of Westmorland Red Squirrels’ current and previous projects, follow the links below:

Grasmere to Grizedale Project (G2G)>>

Rusland’s Reds>>

Arnside and Silverdale Red Squirrel Initiative>>

Lyth Valley>>

Previous projects and grants>>


We thank our corporate members and sponsors for their continuing support, which is very much appreciated.

Our Area>>

The red line on the map  outlines our area. Please report to us your sightings of red or grey squirrels within this area. See Sightings>>


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