The native red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is rare in England and Wales and has been replaced by the introduced grey squirrel in much of its range. It is still abundant in parts of Scotland and Ireland with isolated populations in Wales and the north of England. Threats to the red squirrel include habitat destruction, disease and interspecific competition between grey and red squirrels.

The Vincent Wildlife Trust is undertaking research on the red squirrel through its MISE project. There are thought to be only three significant red squirrel populations left in Wales: on Anglesey, Clochaenog Forest in North Wales and in the mid Wales forests. The Trust is engaging in surveys and monitoring the distribution and status of red squirrels in these areas, as well as raising awareness of what can be done to conserve these populations. 

If you are interested in taking part in a red squirrel survey, please refer to our MISE project page for information on upcoming surveys.