Our 'Adopt-a-Wood Scheme has really taken off!

Our 'Adopt-a-Wood Scheme' is going from strength to strength, thanks to our growing number of volunteers!

The scheme aims to involve local people to take ownership of woodlands and denes close to them.  The volunteers monitor the woodlands, through various methods, such as just walking through and looking around for evidence of squirrels, to putting up squirrel feeders and monitoring its use. Along with identifying red or grey squirrels. Removing grey squirrels and feeding red squirrels.

Full training is given to all our volunteers.  If you are interested in monitoring a woodland near you.

Please get in touch with Steve: 07779 577485


Northeast Red Squirrels has received a National Lottery grant of £59,900 for their Red Squirrels on Tyne project. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will focus on surveying, stabilising and then expanding the range of red squirrel populations that are found to the east and west of the city of Newcastle.

Northeast Red Squirrels is a local volunteer run charity with the aim of returning the native red squirrel to the north east of England.

Sally Hardy, Trustee and NeRS Chair, said:

“We are delighted that with the help from the Heritage Lottery Fund we will be able to deliver our Project over the next two years.  This will build on our current success and hopefully increase the expansion of our red squirrels and allow them to return to areas where they have disappeared along the Tyne west of Newcastle.”

The Red Squirrels back on Tyne Project covers the area west from Newcastle City to the North Tyne.

Our experienced team of rangers and volunteers will be working closely with landowners and local communities to make woodlands in the project area a safe haven for red squirrels.

Keith Brooks, NeRS Trustee, said:

“Working with landowners and local communities is key to the project’s success.  We hope to get lots of people involved.”

NeRS will be hosting several workshops, visits and talks in order to engage with local communities and schools to increase understanding of the need for red squirrel conservation and how local communities and children can get involved. NeRS will continue to build on our ‘Adopt-a-Woodland Scheme’ which started in Newcastle and has already been a huge success.

Steve Barrett, NeRS Trustee and Project Manager, said:

“Our aims are to restore red squirrels to woodlands in the project area and to encourage the local community to 'adopt a wood' and take over long term monitoring and care of their red squirrels.  The key to our project is community engagement. The understanding and support of the local communities along the Tyne are key to our success.  To be sustainable and really allow red squirrels to repopulate local woods and survive long term we need local people to help and get involved with our project.”

The project will launch on Saturday 27th October from 10am at Wideopen and District War Memorial Community Centre Hazelrigg.

For more information and to register your interest, contact Steve 07779577485 or Sally 07878 061880 or Keith on 07799 597592  or email:

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Date: 12th September 2018


We would like to thank Greggs for their grant of £1000 to help us expand the range of red squirrels the south east of our 'South East Northumberland Project' area.  Our project aims include working with the local community to by providing educational workshops, talks and training  to increase their understanding of red squirrel conservation and the need to take action.  Through the recruitment of  volunteers to build on existing community red squirrels groups and develop new ones under our 'Adopt a Red Squirrel Wood Scheme'.

Date: 28th August 2017


Our 'Red Squirrels Newcastle Project' is well underway and is on target to be a huge success!  We have already attracted new volunteers and are working towards creating space to allow red squirrels to return to the woodlands in the Newcastle area.

We would like to encourage more volunteers from the Newcastle area to join our efforts.  If you are interested in getting involved please contact our Project Coordinator, Steve Barrett, on 07779 577485 for a chat.  Or you can email us on:

Date: 16th August 2017


On Saturday welcomed many red squirrel group volunteers to celebrate our Red Squirrels Newcastle Project Launch!  The project has received vital funding from the Postcode Lottery Trust and we would like to thank the players of the Postcode Lottery for their support.

the morning enabled us to talk a little about our aims for this project along with our overall aims.  It culminated in a walk to Havannah Nature Reserve woods, guided by Rachel, and we were all delighted to see 4 red squirrels!

Date: 21st April 2017


We are very pleased to announce that we have recieved a £13,547 Grant from te Postcode Trust for our RED SQUIRRELS NEWCASTLE project.  This funding will help us to deliver our strategy to expand the red squirrel range into Newcastle!


Date: March 2017