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


Annual Open Evening - Come And Join Us!

We are pleased to announce our next  ‘Annual Open Evening‘  will be held on the 8th July 2024 starting at 19:00 at the Penrith Rugby Club


Our guest speaker this year will be Dr.Craig Shuttleworth, a man with many decades of red squirrel conservation under his belt and a wealth of knowledge on all things squirrels. Craig will be giving a presentation on red squirrel conservation followed by the chance to ask questions and hopefully grab a chat with him after, over a cup of tea!

Refreshments will be available & the group will have their stall present with all the squirrel related goodies.

The Rangers will also be on hand should you wish to catch up, have a chat or ask any questions.

Doors open at 18:30

Terry Abraham's Cumbrian Red On The BBC!

Don’t miss Terry Abrahams ‘Cumbrian Red’ the BBC.

This will be an hour long BBC adapted version of his original film (more details below for access to the original) that can be found on the BBC iPlayer. Enjoy!

Terry Abraham's Cumbrian Red

Have you seen Terry Abraham’s new website?

There is lots of interesting content that not only includes Terry’s latest project, ‘Cumbrian Red‘ but also information, links and prints to purchase on all his past projects such as ‘Life of a Mountain‘.

Terry has worked closely with the local squirrel charities and groups here in Cumbria raising much needed awareness and funds to help protect our native red squirrel. For more info click on the link: Terry Abraham’s Website

You can now buy, rent or gift this incredible film!

Click HERE to view the details.

The Blighty Reds!

Helping our native red squirrels comes in all forms and we are always on the look out for new initiatives here at the P&DRSG.

Raising funds in order to sustain our crucial work is a huge task, one that is always ongoing. We were extremely pleased when we were approached by Richard, an entrepreneur from Cumbria who had a vision to raise awareness of the real threat our native red squirrels face whilst raising funds at the same time. In no time at all, Richard had his concept put in to production creating the website and so ‘The Blighty Reds’ was
born. With an iconic red squirrel showing the map of blighty in it’s tail facing it nemesis, the non native grey with north America in it’s tail, the message was clear.
You can learn more on ‘The Blighty Reds’ website and look at the wonderful array of products they have on sale. A percentage of every sale goes in to red squirrel conservation so please do take a

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.

Shop Online

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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