Red squirrels drafted in from England to boost Ogwen Valley colony
Red squirrels are being transported to the Ogwen Valley today to form part of a new wild colony.
The new scheme in Gwynedd follows the success of a project to rid Anglesey of non-native grey squirrel s, increasing its red squirrel population from around 40 in 1998 to more than 700 today.
There are now so many reds on the island some are crossing onto the mainland and conservationists are encouraging populations at Ogwen Valley, five miles from Bangor .
The site was selected as mountains help shield it from grey squirrels, which carry a disease deadly to reds.
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