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8:01am 1st April 2012

Efforts to boost red squirrel numbers in Cornwall are stepped up.

Three of the rare creatures have been moved to a new home at Trewithen Estate near Truro.

It is hoped the male and two females will breed, and their offspring could eventually be released into the wild on the Lizard and in Penwith.


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The last red squirrel to be seen in Cornwall, was spotted back in 1984.

Numbers started to decline after the grey American squirrel was introduced to the UK in the late nineteenth century.

Natasha Collings is in charge of the Cornwall Red Squirrel Project:

"Well, there used to be red squirrels in Cornwall until nineteen eighty-four. They were lost from this area in about nineteen fifty-three. Mr Gallsworthy, the owner of Trewithen, remembers them on the lawn here, so just a few hundred metres from where we stand now, so it's very exciting to have them back here.

"Because of the introduction of greys in the late eighteen hundreds, their numbers have really, really dwindled and they're really at risk populations now, and we hope by educating people about red squirrels and the need for conservation for the red squirrels in the UK will be brought over to people."

 

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8:01am 1st April 2012

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