The Cornwall Red Squirrel Project was founded in 2009 by a dedicated committee, whose members wish was to see red squirrels in Cornwall again. The committee had raised enough money by 2011 to appoint a full time Project Co-ordinator, Cornish ecologist and environmental project manager Natasha Collings.
Once the project was set up Natasha was able to hand over the reins to the CRSP field rangers, who focus on securing a habitat for the Cornish red squirrel reintroduction by removing grey squirrels from the Lizard and West Penwith.
The CRSP is supported by the Red Squirrel Survival Trust (registered charity number 1116947) whose Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales, and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (registered charity number 1112023). These two charities provide scientific and technical support to the project.
Additional scientific advice comes from Dr Craig Shuttleworth, who is famed for his very successful Anglesey Red Squirrel Project, with advice on red squirrel management from Paradise Park Curator David Woolcock.
The project is funded through it’s membership scheme, private donations from both local and national supporters, and small grant applications. An additional important funding stream is found through our project events, in which we host talks featuring speakers who specialise within the field of red squirrel conservation.