Although the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 makes it an offence to intentionally kill, injure or disturb a red squirrel
, or its nest, its habitat is not protected.
The last major outbreak of the virus, back in 2008, killed 80% of the red squirrel
population in the area.
A spokesperson said: "We have approved a request from Stirling Council for the use of general warning signs on their road network to improve road safety by raising awareness of areas with a red squirrel
With careful and persistent management, the local red squirrel
population can make a full recovery."
In addition to the survey, more than 300 people submitted records of red squirrel
"They had a status similar to rats, but I don't see it myself, and I certainly don't see it with red squirrels
," she says, and her new publication, The Red Squirrel
Book, shows the species at its cutest, filled with photographs illustrating their acrobatics, feeding habits and woodland life in all weathers.
VOLUNTEERS have been handed a cash boost for their drive to bring back red squirrels
to Newcastle's green spaces.
Week which runs all this week until Sunday, October 2 - and beyond - is a great time to look out for distinctive russet fur, tufted ears and a twitching tail.
The group revealed: "This will be the first time that we have been able to say with confidence that red squirrel
range is not in terminal decline."
It is part of a UK-wide project aimed at "educating the public about red squirrel
In Red Squirrel
Week families are invited to take part in various activities and if you want to get involved there are lots of projects and wildlife events to get involved with and 'see red'.