Unable to find volunteers willing to take on some of the admin roles of the group, it was decided that a new position of Administrator be created and remunerated. Julie Bailey was appointed on 1st February.

Julie has had a passion for red squirrels ever since up to 8 individuals started visiting her garden in 1993 and she confesses that over the years she began to take them for granted.

A life-changing accident in 2005 caused extensive, devastating damage to her spine and led to her using wheels rather than legs. She retired from full-time employment in the Pharmaceutical Industry and also as the Senior Men's Gymnastics Coach for a local club.

With time on her hands her reds proved therapeutic and kept her sane but she was then hit by another devastation - the first grey arrived in 2009 and all her reds were wiped out by SQPV in weeks.

She resolved to do something about it and after some lengthy research joined "The Red Army" as a volunteer and has been actively involved in red squirrel conservation/grey control ever since.

Her CV now reads something like this; Penrith & DRSG - Trustee, Administrator, Collecting Box Coordinator, Records Coordinator etc. etc. Brampton & DRSG - Secretary, Solway RSG - Secretary, Red Squirrels Northern England - Data Officer, Northern Red Squirrels Cumbria - Chairman.

Some say " She's Nuts! ". We say our “Queen of Stats” is an absolute Star! Thank you Julie.

We have made available for download the Penrith & District Red Squirrel Group Newsletter.

The newsletter is in PDF format and require ®Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.( if you don’t have ®Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download it here )

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We have made available for download the full diary following the progress of Charles.

The diary is in PDF format and requires ®Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.( if you don’t have ®Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download it here )

Please click on the link to download: Download Charles’ Diary


Sarah McNeil

Red Squirrel Volunteer, Sarah McNeil of Thrimby near Penrith has just unveiled her latest red squirrel fundraising cards.

This is the third year running that she has released new red squirrel images for this worthy cause and we are delighted that her cards are proving to be so popular as all the money raised goes directly into helping Cumbrian reds squirrels. Sarah, with the assistance of her partner Jerry Moss, our red squirrel ranger for Center Parcs and the Whinfell Forest reserve, most generously provides volunteers throughout our area with supplementary squirrel feed, flip lid feeders, awareness road signs, live cage traps and much more.

All the Photographs have been taken near her home on Lowther estate and have once again been admired by HRH the Prince of Wales who describes them as “Utterly Charming”.

Cards cost £1.50 each and can be purchased from the following outlets:

  • The Birds’ Bistro, Penruddock.
  • Shap Post Office.
  • Shap Wells Hotel, near Shap.
  • T W Relph, Yanwath.
  • The Watermill, Little Salkeld.
  • Bluebell Bookshop, Penrith.
  • Charles Sykes gun shop, Penrith.
  • The Strickland Arms, Great Strickland.
  • Tebay Post Office.
  • Orton Post Office.
  • Levens Hall, Kendal.
  • Bramley’s Garden Centre, Shap.
  • Crown & Mitre Hotel, Bampton.
  • The Punchbowl, Askham.
  • Black Swan, Ravenstonedale.
  • Sam Scott, Penrith.
  • Llama Karma Cafe, Penrith.
  • A W Jenkinsons - Forest Products, Penrith.
  • Appleby Tourist Information Centre
  • Flower Shop, Kirkby Stephen.
  • The Barn Studio, Pooley Bridge.
  • Ullswater Steamers, Glenridding.