Saving the native red squirrels

Red Squirrel Day at Meldon Park.
Red Squirrel Day at Meldon Park.
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FAMILIES have been brushing up on their squirrel survival skills at a country estate.

Owners Emily and James Cookson opened up their Meldon Park estate last month for an event dedicated to supporting Northumberland’s red squirrels.

Red Squirrels Northern England Engaging Communities Officer Katy Cook gave a talk on the plight of native squirrels and their fight for survival against invading greys.

Visitors also found out about the work the 4,000-acre Meldon Park estate has done with the organisation to try to protect its squirrels, and families learned about what they could do to help to save the endangered species.

Families were taken on a trail through the estate to place feeders in woodland, and there were competitions to win cuddly toy squirrels, while every child received sweets from Mr and Mrs Cookson to reward their hard work.