We are volunteers who aim to:

  • Promote the conservation of the red squirrel population in their natural habitat within Penrith and district and their protection from extinction.
  • Advance education and conduct research concerning the red squirrel population.


We were founded in 1994 by local people concerned that they would lose their red squirrels if something was not done about grey squirrels encroaching on the area and becoming established as they had in the rest of England.


We will continue to promote the view that red squirrel conservation is predominantly about grey squirrel control until an alternative strategy is developed.


The group became a registered charity in 2006 and now has a network of supporters, members and volunteers plus dedicated Red Squirrel Rangers covering the whole of our area which has expanded to nearly 600 square miles.