HC Deb 22 June 1994 vol 245 c167W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list by county the current estimate of the red squirrel population; what were the figures(a) five years and (b) 10 years ago; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Tim Smith

No estimate of the red squirrel population of Northern Ireland has been made. I counted five when I visited Belvoir forest park on 23 March. Support for the population of red squirrels includes full protection under the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985.