Two squirrels from Kelling will join a further four reds, which have been bred and reared by the East Anglian Red Squirrel Group, in being relocated to Clocaenog Forest near Ruthin in North Wales, where red squirrel populations have declined from 400 to less than 50 in the past 20 years.
There is hope that the pair will produce a summer litter further boosting the numbers of the red squirrel.
December update: Kelling red squirrels to be released in North Wales Two of our red squirrels born at Kelling Heath in 2018 will be helping to boost Red squirrel populations in North Wales thanks to a breed and release programme led by Pensthorpe Conservation Trust (PCT), a wildlife and ecology charity based at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham.
We introduced a new female into the pen during the winter joining our existing male red squirrel.
We are pleased to say that she has now given birth to her first litter and four kittens can now be seen in the enclosure.
November update: Sadly our breeding pair only produced just the one litter this year.
The four kittends were excellent entertainment for visitors showing just how different reds are to the larger grey squirrel population.
After the success of breeding four kittens last year 2019 has seen mixed results so far.
Our breeding pair produced just one kitten early in the spring period but sadly the kitten was poorly and did not survive.
The aim of this scheme is to set up a reserve of animals for use in controlled and closely monitored release projects.