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The red squirrels at Formby have had a tough few years.  With harsh winters and an outbreak of the squirrel pox virus, the numbers had fallen so far that the population was almost wiped out.

Seeing them suffer from the infection was heart-breaking, but out of adversity came opportunity and what was so impressive was the way people volunteered to help. Andrew Brockbank, Countryside Manager.

The Sefton Coast woodland stronghold remained but needs your help to sustain red squirrel numbers for the future.  This project currently requires raising £1,600 to plant ½ a hectare of mixed conifers plus £2,400 for fencing to shield the young trees.

Native red squirrel numbers have declined across the UK since the introduction of their grey cousins in the 19th Century.  Grey squirrels prefer the higher calorific food available in deciduous woodland so planting a coniferous habitat helps the red squirrels survive in an area less suitable for greys.

As a charity, the National Trust relies on memberships and public donations to help preserve our heritage for the future.

The future of Formby red squirrels is at your fingertips!  You can make a difference and become a ‘Friend of the Red Squirrels’ today by donating online or texting ‘SQRL01’ plus amount (eg £5) to 70070.

Thank you.


For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby

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Updates 2

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the Campaign. At the beginning of February we have over 80% of the funds required to complete this phase of tree planting. This will help to secure a natural food source for the red squirrels for the next 100 years and more!

10/02/14 02:25

The red squirrels of Formby have been in the news recently! A PhD research project by a team from the University of Liverpool found that a small proportion of red squirrels have shown a degree of antibody to squirrel pox virus. Watch the video on this page to find out more.

28/11/13 02:16

Raising money for

National Trust - North West Region

National Trust - North West Region

Charity Registration No. 205846

We're the National Trust in the North West- a conservation charity protecting historic places and green spaces for ever, for everyone. We cover Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and the very lovely Lake District where we're also partners in Fix the Fells.

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Charity Registration No. 205846

Donations 87

In memory of wonderful Sue who took me to this place. Thank you for everything Sue

Donation by David on 25/07/15

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Pleased to see you've reached your target but here's a bit more £££ - buy the squirrels some extra nuts or something ;-) Visited Formby yesterday - saw plenty of the bushy tailed marvels - wonderful.

Donation by Christopher Josiffe on 01/06/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Great to see you have reached your target - had a fantastic day out well worth a donation anyway!

Donation by Richard and Sue on 25/10/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Janet Paul on 06/10/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

In loving memory of Sue Holroyd. You were so kind, generous and inspirational. A truly wonderful friend. Thank you so much for letting me know you. Always remembered.

Donation by David on 27/07/14

£86.00

+ £21.50 Gift Aid

A really great experience seeing the Red Squirrels in Formby. Long may they continue to live there.

Donation by Robin & Di on 17/06/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Happy memories of visits to the squirrels and anticipating many more to come

Donation by Anonymous on 17/06/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

We saw some red squirrels at Formby - gorgeous!

Donation by M Snowden on 13/06/14

£10.00

Donation by Anonymous on 08/06/14

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Remembering David Richardson & our dog Bill who loved the woods & beaches.

Donation by Marilyn Woosey on 28/05/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Hope this helps towards the target

Donation by Diane Scollon on 27/05/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 13/05/14

Donation by Sue, Mason & Glyn on 01/05/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Carol on 28/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 24/04/14

Donation by Barbara Lower on 19/04/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Mr. & Mrs. Egholm Pedersen on 02/04/14

£10.00

Donation by D FINCH on 01/04/14

£5.00

Donation by Dr Roman Gerodimos on 20/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Linda and Terry Keith on 17/03/14

Donation by Anonymous on 13/03/14

In much appreciation of the red squirrels of Freshfields who kept us entertained all summer long when we were children.

Donation by Ken Harvey on 10/03/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

In memory of David Churchill who spent many happy times in the woods over the years. May future generations enjoy the area as he did. R.I.P. Love from Debbie, Michael & Family xxxx

Donation by Anonymous on 09/03/14

In loving memory of Sue Holroyd. The best and most wonderful friend in the world. Thank you for your kindness, generosity and for everything you did. Always remembered. You were perfect.

Donation by David on 06/03/14

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

In memory of our dear nephew David Churchill who spent many times in the woods as a child, and as an adult walking the family dogs. Sleep peacefully David. Remembered always by all of us.XXMrs Pauline

Donation by Mrs Pauline Churchill on 05/03/14

£50.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,926.00
  • Offline donations£129.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£4,055.00
  • Gift Aid£899.00

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