to 2010, 60 red squirrels were killed on the roads in and
around Darras Hall and Ponteland. It is almost certain
that there will have been others that have not been
reported to us.
Many of these deaths will
have been caused by careless driving and therefore could
have been avoided. Such deaths have a big impact on the
population of our red squirrels.
SOS (part of Northumberland Wildlife
Trust) database contains hundreds of red squirrel road
deaths. Whilst the exact number of casualties is unknown,
it is clear that this figure represents only a small
proportion of the squirrels killed on our roads. This
means that out of a shrinking population hundreds of red
squirrels are also being killed needlessly on roads.
CAN YOU HELP TO PREVENT ROAD KILL?
Much can be done to stop red squirrels becoming road
casualties and it is an area where local people (that
means you!) can make a difference:
DOWN when driving through Ponteland,
Darras Hall and rural (especially wooded) areas.
In most cases, a couple of minutes on your
journey time will make no difference to you, but
it could make all the difference to wildlife.
TO THE 30 MPH SPEED LIMIT on all the
roads through Darras Hall and Ponteland. Red
squirrels don't have any road sense, so if you
see one on a fence or the pavement, slow
down and be aware that
it may jump into the road!
any red squirrel road casualties to Ponteland
Red Squirrels. Be as
accurate as possible giving an address or grid
reference of where you saw the squirrel. Dead red
squirrels should be sent off for a post mortem -
please contact us for details
squirrels are by no means the only creatures to fall
victim to cars; the Mammal Society estimates that :
50,000 badgers, 100,000 foxes and 10 million birds die
every year on Britain's roads. In other words, it is
important to be aware of wildlife on the roads wherever