Penrith & District Red Squirrel Group (P&DRSG) is a registered charity committed to preserving red squirrels in their natural environment within the Penrith & District area and their protection from extinction in the wild.

We were founded in 1994 by local people concerned that they would lose their red squirrels if something was not done about grey squirrels encroaching on the area and becoming established; as they had in the rest of England.

The group became a registered charity in 2006 and has a growing network of supporters, members and volunteers plus dedicated Red Squirrel Rangers.

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Help us continue to protect our native red squirrels

It is without doubt that the success of P&DRSG’s work for red squirrels to date has helped to protect these enchanting creatures, preventing them from becoming extinct. This could not have been achieved without effective grey squirrel management and the support of our members, volunteers and local communities

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Do you have squirrels visiting your garden? Why not visit our shop and treat them with one of our squirrel feeder kits! With much more squirrel related merchandise and all profits going to red squirrel conservation.

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Our area of conservation

Through the groups’ consistent squirrel management programmes, the much loved iconic red squirrels can survive and thrive into the future however, overcoming many of the challenges the grey squirrels bring is no mean feat!

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Know the Facts

The grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is a non-native invasive species that was introduced to the UK in the late 1800’s. Click the link below to learn more.

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Win £25,000 whilst helping our red squirrels

One Lottery has been established to help good causes throughout the UK to set up a fundraising lottery giving players the chance to support good causes close to their heart, as well as the chance to win a weekly £25,000 jackpot! Click here to learn more.

P&DRSG awarded Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Penrith & District Red Squirrel Group (P&DRSG) receives grant of £232,000 from the
government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. Click here to learn more.


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