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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Redhead rescue plan swings into action

Colm Kelpie

THE reds have arrived and they're ready for action.

Fifteen red squirrels were released into the wilds of Killiney Hill, Dublin, yesterday in a bid to boost the dwindling population.

The cute, redheaded Irish rodent has been undergoing a steady decline across Ireland primarily because of stiff competition from the larger American species, the grey squirrel, which came to Ireland's shores in 1911 when they were introduced to Castleforbes, Co Longford. Red squirrels are now under threat and confined to a few locations.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has introduced a conservation project and has asked the public to report any sightings of both types of squirrels in Killiney, Dalkey, Ballybrack and the Dublin mountains.

Irish Independent

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