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Say #iwill4nature in Northern Ireland!

Thursday 23rd April
Belfast’s Window on Wildlife, 100 Airport Rd W, Belfast BT3 9ED

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Habitat Management at Slievenacloy Nature Reserve

Sunday 26th April
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills
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Modernising and Decarbonising Energy in the UK Forum

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Red squirrels on high alert 28 February 2020

Red squirrels sniff out danger better than greys (via BBC)

 
  red squirrel danger

 
A native predator of the red squirrel appears to be an unlikely ally in its battle with the grey squirrel.

Scientists from Queen’s University Belfast discovered that, while the pine marten preys on both species, the greys are much more vulnerable to attack.

The key seems to be in the reds’ innate ability to “sniff out” the danger posed by the pine marten.

Wide–eyed and cute as they may appear, pine martens are sharp–clawed predators. Their agility and tree–climbing skills make them the enemy of any squirrel.

Previous research has shown that pine martens had a beneficial impact on red squirrel numbers and caused declines in the greys, but the reasons were not fully understood.

Read more via BBC