Ponteland Red Squirrels

How You Can Help

Our Aims
How You Can Help
Feeding Reds
Report Sightings
Squirrel Pox Virus
About Red Squirrels
Road Casualties
Threat by Pets
Picture Gallery
Contacts/Useful Sites

The red squirrel is seriously under threat! Over recent years the red squirrel colonies in the Ponteland and Darras Hall area have declined sharply. This is due to several factors: destruction of habitat, road kill and more recently the influx of grey squirrels into the area. Without local help, the Ponteland red squirrels will disappear.


  • Report ALL sightings of GREY SQUIRRELS to Ponteland Red Squirrels as soon as possible (or NRS if not in the Ponteland or Darras Hall area). Grey squirrels carry a deadly virus called Squirrel Pox which is only harmful to red squirrels.

  • DRIVE CAREFULLY, road kills account for many red squirrel deaths in Darras Hall

  • FEED by putting up a feeding box if red squirrels visit your garden - BUT PLEASE SEE OUR ESSENTIAL TIPS ON FEEDING AND DISINFECTING FEEDERS
  • Report all sightings of red squirrels to help us build up a population map