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L-R: Bernie Douglas, Helen Butler MBE and Joyce Rogers

Visitors from across the Isle of Wight and holidaymakers from further afield showed their support for the Island’s red squirrels earlier this month when an open day was held at the Red Squirrel Hub in Ryde.

The event, which took place on 8th September, was kindly supported by Ryde Town Council and people reported sightings of red squirrels from locations including Bembridge, Carisbrooke, Shanklin and Yarmouth. There was one report of a red squirrel that ventured into someone’s house in Ventnor while the owner was watching tennis on TV!

The Isle of Wight is unusual, having its own red squirrel population unlike the majority of areas on the mainland which have the American greys.

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Chair of the Wight Squirrel Project and IW Red Squirrel Trust, Helen Butler MBE said:

“Red Squirrels are like people; they all have very different personalities and some are quite curious!”

Helen was presented with flowers in appreciation of her dedicated work over 25 years since Wight Squirrel Project was established.

The charity relies on funding to continue its invaluable work in conservation, education and raising awareness. Volunteers are always required to fill a variety of roles from helping in the information hub to giving talks and woodland monitoring. For further details contact Caroline Diamond on 01983 718340 or email [email protected].

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