HC Deb 22 June 1994 vol 245 c235W
Mr. Redmond

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

Sir Hector Monro

Information on the red squirrel population is not available by county. The estimated total population of red squirrel in Scotland is 121,000 but: there are no comparable figures for five and 10 years ago. The red squirrel is fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Scottish Natural Heritage is organising a conference of parties interested in squirrel management in Scotland in October of this year.