In association with experts from the Merseyside & West Lancashire Mammal Group, we also undertake population monitoring of small native mammals across the Estate, in order to learn more about their distribution and establish how we can support populations of vulnerable species such as Hedgehogs, Voles, Mice and Brown Hares.
Red squirrels were once widespread across the whole of the UK however the loss of suitable pine forest habitats and the introduction of the Grey squirrel in the late 1870’s have significantly reduced numbers to small, fragmented populations. Within Merseyside, red squirrels still remain along the Sefton coastline and surrounding areas including the grounds of the Knowsley Estate.
In association with Lancashire Wildlife Trust, we are working to create a safe haven for the native red squirrels that still remain in this area through research into disease prevention and grey control, habitat management and long-term population monitoring. More information about the Red Squirrel project can be found here.