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Run for the reds – you would be nuts not to!

We have always put the money raised by the Grasmere Gallop to good use, investing it back into our conservation work in the Grasmere and Rydal area. This year, we’re on a mission to save Grasmere’s red squirrels.

Run for the reds   you would be nuts not to!

Unfortunately our native red squirrels are in danger of extinction in England and Grasmere is one of the few remaining places in England where they still thrive. We’ve been working with Grasmere Red Squirrel Group to help make the area their ideal home.

Sadly our squirrels are under dire threat – the deadly Squirrel Pox virus has struck. Squirrel Pox is a virus carried by grey squirrels, which is harmless to them but deadly to our native red squirrels. There were at least 10 confirmed cases of the virus in the Grasmere area by the end of January 2016 but, thanks to the continued hard work of the Grasmere Red Squirrel Group, the spread of the virus seems to have slowed down with only two new confirmed cases in the last two months.

We genuinely hope to be able to save the Grasmere red squirrels but to have even a fighting chance we need funds to support the vital work to ensure our native squirrels’ survival into the future. We cannot do this without your help, so sign up and run for the Reds!

Want to go the extra mile for the Grasmere reds? Get your friends and family involved too, download a sponsorship form here.

You can find out more about our work with the Grasmere Red Squirrel Group here.

The event takes place on the Saturday 3rd June 2017

The National Trust is a registered charity, no: 205846