Red squirrels have disappeared from most parts of the UK; their threats are many, including the expansion of non-native grey squirrels, disease, and a loss of their woodland habitat. Hope for the future of this species lies in reintroducing them to regions where they've gone extinct, in largely unoccupied regions of the north and west Scottish Highlands. We're funding Trees for Life, who've perfected the art of translocating red squirrels so they can colonise new areas. The first reintroductions have proven a huge success, and healthy populations of reds are on the rise. Learn more about this success story on our website.
Making strides for snow leopards in Mongolia
We're committed to protecting snow leopards in Mongolia through our long-term partnership with Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation. The project we fund is lead by Bayara Agvaantseren, a local to the region who's been fighting for snow leopards since the 1990s.
We are so proud to have supported Bayara through the creation of a nature reserve in the Tost Mountains specifically designated for the protection of snow leopards. Along with her team, Bayara has accomplished so much, and you can read about their many achievements here.
Conservation action for an iconic British species
We've recently launched the National Dormouse Footprint Tunnel Survey to detect the presence or absence in hedgerows of the hazel dormouse, a species that has been threatened by loss of habitat due to infrastructure development and poor woodland management. In combination with the Great British Hedgerow Survey, we hope to gain key insights into optimal hedgerow management for the benefit of dormice.
Read more about this new initiative on our website.