Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership News


Newyddion Partneriaeth Gwiwerod Coch Canolbarth Cymru


Mid Wales Red Squirrel Officer

The Mid Wales red Squirrel Partnership has been running for over 10 years, but now, thanks to funding from Environment Wales, The Co-operative’s carrier bag levy and a number of private donations and other grant funds the Mid Wales red squirrels now have their very own project officer!   Here are a few words of introduction:

"I’d like to introduce myself; I’m Becky, I’ve been working in the countryside sector in Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire for the last 12 years and I am

pleased to announce that, as of the beginning of May, I am now working for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) , taking the role of Red Squirrel Officer for the Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership.

Over the next few years I hope to build on the good work of the Partnership and work with residents and landowners in the Mid Wales Red Squirrel zone and buffer to help set up and support ‘Friends of the Red Squirrel’ groups in the area. 

Please do get in touch with your contact details if you would like to get involved in red squirrel conservation in Mid-Wales in any capacity, trapping greys, squirrel surveys, setting up a ‘Friends of’ group, promoting the work of the Partnership, or just reading about the plight of reds and spreading the word. / 07972 201202

I look forward to hearing from you."

The new post is funded by Environment Wales, a partnership in the voluntary sector and funded by the Welsh Government.  The funding will give support for five years to enable Becky to set in place a sustainable, volunteer-focussed red squirrel conservation programme.  Environment Wales Development Officer, Alison Colebrook, highlighted the long-term support given to this project:  “In recent years, Environment Wales funding enabled the Mid Wales Red Squirrel Project to develop the principles of landscape-scale grey squirrel control in the project area.  It is great that further Environment Wales support is enabling the project to take the next, important steps to secure the future of red squirrels in mid Wales”.

The project is part of the Welsh Wildlife Heroes campaign which is run by Wildlife Trusts Wales and funded by the money collected from the single-use carrier bag charge in The Co-operative food stores and pharmacies in Wales.  The Co-operative Membership Manager for Wales, Ashley Drake, commented: “Working with Wildlife Trusts Wales is a fantastic opportunity to engage our members and customers with the wonderful wildlife that exists across Wales, especially the rare and beautiful red squirrel. We are delighted that nature will benefit from the carrier bag charge from our Welsh stores.” 


Swyddog Gwiwerod Coch Canolbarth Cymru

Mae Partneriaeth Gwiwerod Coch Canolbarth Cymru yn bodoli ers dros ddeng mlynedd, ond nawr - diolch i nawdd gan Amgylchedd Cymru, tâl bagiau siopa'r Co-op, nifer o roddion gan unigolion ac arian grant - mae gan wiwerod coch y Canolbarth eu swyddog prosiect eu hunain!   Dyma ychydig eiriau o gyflwyniad:

"F'enw i yw Becky, a bûm yn gweithio yn y sector cefn gwlad yn siroedd Ceredigion a Chaerfyrddin yn ystod y 12 mlynedd diwethaf.  Mae'n dda gen i gyhoeddi fy mod, ers dechrau Mai, yn gweithio i Ymddiriedolaeth Natur De a Gorllewin Cymru (WTSWW) , fel Swyddog Gwiwerod Coch i Bartneriaeth Gwiwerod Coch Canolbarth Cymru.

Yn ystod y blynyddoedd nesaf rwy'n gobeithio adeiladu ar waith da'r Bartneriaeth a gweithio gyda thrigolion a thirfeddianwyr ym mharthau a chlustogfeydd Gwiwerod Coch Canolbarth Cymru wrth sefydlu a chynorthwyo grwpiau 'Cyfeillion y Wiwer Goch'  yn yr ardal. 
Cofiwch gysylltu â mi gyda'ch manylion cyswllt os hoffech fod yn rhan o waith cadwraeth gwiwerod coch yn y Canolbarth.  Gall hyn olygu trapio gwiwerod llwyd, cymryd rhan mewn arolygon gwiwerod, sefydlu grŵp 'Cyfeillion', hyrwyddo gwaith y Bartneriaeth, neu ddim ond darllen am argyfwng y cochion a thaenu'r wybodaeth. / 07972 201202
Edrychaf ymlaen at glywed gennych."

Community Action for Red Squirrels 

Red Squirrel event poster

3 events are scheduled at the end of July. Come along and find out about how you can help red squirrels in your area:

  • Friday 25th July @ 7pm
    Victoria Hall, Llanwrtyd Wells

  • Saturday 26th July @ 2pm
    The Royal Oak Inn, Rhandirmwyn

  • Saturday 26th July @ 7pm 
    Y Talbot, Tregaron 

The events will include a talk from Jackie Foott from Cumbria who is travelling to Wales to tell us all about community action for red squirrels in the north of England, where red squirrel volunteer groups are well established. We hope to see you there!  

Cymunedau'n Gweithredu dros Wiwerod Coch
Bwriedir cynnal tri chyfarfod ddiwedd Gorffennaf.  Dewch yno i glywed sut y gallwch chi helpu gwiwerod coch yn eich ardal:
  • Dydd Gwener 25 Gorffennaf @ 7pm Neuadd Victoria, Llanwrtyd
  • Dydd Sadwrn 26 Gorffennaf @ 2pm Tafarn y Royal Oak, Rhandir-mwyn
  • Dydd Sadwrn 26 Gorffennaf @ 7pm Y Talbot, Tregaron 
Yn ystod y cyfarfodydd uchod, bydd Jackie Foott o Gymbria yn sôn am waith cymunedol i warchod gwiwerod coch yng ngogledd Lloegr, lle mae grwpiau gwirfoddol wedi hen ennill eu plwyf. Gobeithiwn eich gweld yn y cyfarfodydd.

Trap Loan Scheme

The main threat to our native red squirrels comes from the larger, introduced, grey squirrels.  In an effort to reduce the number of greys, particularly in the ‘buffer zone’, the Partnership is currently working on a grant application to purchase trapping equipment.  The plan is to loan out the equipment for free, via ‘Friends of’ groups to those who are willing to undertake trapping for greys in the conservation area and buffer.  If the funding comes through, it will also pave the way for a new Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership website and promotional leaflet.  The website will have a facility to report red squirrel sightings and submit trapping records and provide ‘Friends of the Red Squirrel’ volunteer groups with up-to-date information and aid communication between volunteers.  Leaflets will aim to raise awareness about the red squirrel in mid Wales and encourage reporting of sightings and use of the Trap Loan Scheme.

Becky remarked:  "I am keen to hear from anyone interested in red squirrel conservation, especially those who live in, or near to the ‘buffer zone’ and are interested in contributing to grey squirrel control.  Letters of support from people who would like to make use of the loan scheme will go a long way in aiding the success of the application."  If you’re not sure if you live in or near the conservation area or buffer zone, then please take a look at the map below.

The MWRS Project Area. 
Core outlined in pink, and the buffer zone in blue.

‘Mammals in a Sustainable Environment’
Project Work

Gwaith Prosiect ‘Mamaliaid mewn Amgylchedd Cynaliadwy’

“Mammals in a Sustainable Environment” (MISE) is a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Ireland Wales Programme 2007-2013 (INTERREG IVA) that aims to foster involvement of communities in  Wales and Ireland in mammal conservation, Read more about the MISE project here ( ). The Vincent Wildlife Trust is one of the Welsh partners, and has been working with the MWRSP for 3 years, carrying out red squirrel surveys and helping with talks with local communities.  

Mae “Mamaliaid mewn Amgylchedd Cynaliadwy” (MISE) yn brosiect wedi'i ariannu gan Gronfa Ddatblygu Rhanbarthol Ewrop fel rhan o raglen Cymru ac Iwerddon 2007-2013 (INTERREG IVA) sydd â'r nod o feithrin cyfranogiad cymunedau yng Nghymru ac Iwerddon yng ngwaith cadwraeth mamaliaid.  Mae rhagor o fanylion am y prosiect yn Mae Ymddiriedolaeth Natur Vincent yn un o'r partneriaid yng Nghymru, ac mae'n cydweithio â Phartneriaeth Gwiwerod Coch y Canolbarth ers tair blynedd, gan gynnal arolygon gwiwerod coch a helpu i ymgysylltu â chymunedau lleol.  

Following sightings of red squirrels, MISE currently have hair tubes installed in the forestry behind Rhandirmwyn on the south east corner of the MWRS focal area.  A number of local volunteers as well as students from Gelli Aur College have visited the site on several occasions to monitor the hair tubes.   


The sticky pads fixed inside the tubes are checked to see if any hairs are present.  Hairs have been found, and we are awaiting the results of genetic testing from project partners the Waterford Institute of Technology to confirm if they are grey or red.

The camera trap and feeder in Bryn Mawr near Llanfair Clydogau, is being regularly checked by volunteer Joe who has been collecting some lovely footage of a female red, as well as 2 juveniles.  Unfortunately, during late May, a number of grey squirrels were caught on camera, with no sign of the red.
Joe sprung into action and set live traps in an attempt to eliminate the greys which had invaded the red's territory. So far Joe has caught 6 greys. Once the greys are eradicated it is hoped that the red will return to the feeder.

MISE volunteers are currently helping with a red squirrel trapping survey in Cwm Berwyn. This follows a hair tube survey last summer when DNA analysis of hair tube samples confirmed the presence of red squirrels in Cwm Berwyn, and identified a new haplotype - an inherited  section of DNA -  not previously found in Wales. We are now hoping to gather more information on the reds which will aid their long-term conservation. We’ll keep you posted on our findings and future volunteer opportunities

Check out the Mid Wales Red Squirrel Facebook page for photos and video footage of red squirrels at Cwm Berwyn.

Keeping in Touch / Cadw mewn Cysylltia


Jenny MacPherson and Aline Denton collected supporters’ contact details through the red squirrel talks and events held with the ‘Mammals in a Sustainable Environment’ (MISE) project. We would like to share your email addresses with the new WTSWW project Officer, Becky, so that she can keep in touch with you about her work, and ensure continuity for the red squirrel project. However, if you do not wish your email addresses to be shared with Becky, or you no longer wish to hear from us, please contact or use the link below to unsubscribe from this list.
Bu Jenny MacPherson ac Aline Denton yn casglu manylion cyswllt cefnogwyr trwy'r digwyddiadau gwiwerod coch a gynhaliwyd fel rhan o'r prosiect Mamaliaid mewn Amgylchedd Cynaliadwy. Hoffem rannu eich cyfeiriadau e-bost â'r Swyddog Prosiect newydd, Becky, fel y gall gadw mewn cysylltiad ynglŷn â'i gwaith a gwneud yn siŵr fod yna ddilyniant i'r prosiect gwiwerod coch.  Fodd bynnag, os nad ydych eisiau rhannu'ch cyfeiriad e-bost â Becky, neu'n dymuno peidio â chlywed rhagor gennym, cysylltwch â  neu defnyddiwch y ddolen isod i dynnu'ch enw oddi ar y rhestr danysgrifwyr.

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