Red Squirrel Conservation: Protecting Merseyside’s Red Squirrel Stronghold

Natural History Live by Emma Dwan

Without conservation management, it is predicted that red squirrels could become extinct in England within 10 years. There are 17 large conifer forests in Northern England designated as red squirrel reserves. Formby is the most southerly reserve and is one of the only remaining urban areas in England where reds can be found. Lancashire Wildlife Trust have been coordinating red squirrel conservation in the stronghold for over 20 years and it is their aim that red squirrels will once again become a common sight throughout North Merseyside, West Lancashire and beyond.

Can’t wait for the talk? Check out the Project on the Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside Wildlife Trust website.

The FSC is now delivering a series of  Natural History Live events. These events are free online natural history talks, comprising of a 30-40 minute talk from a guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. Sign up to the FSC Biodiversity newsletter to find out about our other online learning opportunities and receive exclusive discounts.

Tutor: Emma Dwan

Emma Dwan is the Red Squirrel Officer for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside Wildlife Trust. The bi-annual monitoring programme that she coordinates through the Merseyside stronghold is the longest-running standardised red squirrel monitoring programme in the UK.


These Natural History Live webinars are made available to all at no cost. If you would like to contribute to the FSC Biodiversity projects, you can do so by selecting the option to attend at a cost of £5. All donated fees go contribute financially to FSC Biodiversity project work to provide adult learning opportunities for a range of audiences.

Attendee (Online) - select if you would like to attend at a cost of £5 (all donated fees go towards supporting the FSC Biodiversity project activities)

Attendee Discounted (Online) - select if you would like to attend at no cost

Example Timetable

The usual format of Natural History Live virtual events is:

  • 5 minute intro by the FSC EcoSkills project team
  • 30-40 minute talk presented by guest speaker
  • 15-25 minute speaker Q&A session hosted by the FSC EcoSkills project team

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

Before You Attend

Please note that after booking on to the event:

  • You will need to download the Zoom software before we start. This is free and you can do so here:
  • You can sign into the Zoom test meeting any time before to test if everything is working for you here:

If you would like to purchase a user licence for multiple school sites please contact us.