Call for Inishowen support for the All Ireland Squirrel and Pine Marten survey

Sinn Féin local election candidate, Terry Crossan, has appealed to Inishowen residents to participate in the national Squirrel and Pine Marten survey which is taking place throughout 2019.

Speaking from the renowned Lisnagra Woods in Muff, Mr Crossan said:

 

“The National Biodiversity Data Centre is working with researchers in NUI Galway, Ulster Wildlife and Vincent Wildlife Trust, with the support of the National Parks and Wildlife Services in this research

 

Previous studies were carried out in 1997, 2008 and 2012 and this survey will provide vital information allowing researchers to quantify the health of our native populations of red squirrels and pine martens, while at the same time assessing the impact of the invasive grey squirrel

I welcome the coordination of the organisations involved as all-Ireland collaboration is the only way we can assess the health of our animal species and make provision to protect them.

As we know from Lisnagra Woods in Muff, our squirrel population are to be treasured and protected.

 

The public have been asked to submit sightings of red squirrels, grey squirrels and pine martens and if possible to include a photograph but that is not essential”.

 

Details should be submitted to

www.biodiversityireland.ie