Your red and grey squirrel sighting reports are a very important part of our conservation work. If you’re not sure whether it was a red or grey squirrel you saw, see our quick guide here>>.

Please submit details of your red and grey squirrel sightings via email  to: Information to include in your email is given below.

There are details about what happens to your red and grey squirrel sighting reports here>> including what to do if you find a sick, injured or dead red squirrel, where urgent action may be necessary. How we use your personal data when you submit a sighting report is detailed in our Privacy Notice>>.

For grey squirrel sightings in the Grasmere area, please email directly to the Grasmere Red Squirrel Group (GRSG):  giving date, grid reference, a description of where the grey squirrel was seen and any other relevant information.  To find out more about GRSG, visit their Facebook page:>>


Information to include with your emailed sighting report

(You can copy and paste the list below into your email as a guide)



Phone number:


Location (eg woodland name, then nearest village):

Grid reference (6 or 10 figure – see below for help):

Number of red squirrels seen:

Number of grey squirrels seen:

Post Code area of sighting (if at a property):

Any further information: 


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>>

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