Toward Memorial Hall Craft Fair 

Excellent day today, lots of lovely people and great support for our Red Squirrels. Many thanks for everyone’s generosity. 

Superb day had by all, stalls and visitors alike. Great turnout from the people of Cowal.

New Gazebo 

Cowal Red Squirrel Group was kindly given a grant from Friends of Loch Lomond and Trossachs, and some of the money has been used to buy this gazebo and a table for our future road shows, giving us vital protection from the weather! 

Toward Hall Arts and Craft Fair – 23rd October 11-4pm

Come along and Join us at Toward Hall for a great day out for all the family. Great opportunity to purchase quality crafts for that special Xmas gift for that special person.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be available on the day to refresh you as you shop.

Tombola and raffle for the wee gambler in you. Great prizes for all!

All funds raised will go directly for the total refurbishment of the hall to enable continued community use.

We look forward to seeing you on the day, look out for updates on our facebook page!

Cowal Red Squirrel Group and Benmore Open day 29th May 2016

What a great day was had by all at the Benmore Gardens open day. The sun shone on the crowds visiting and smiley faces all round. AMber, of course, was a great attraction to visitors young and old.

Many thanks have to go to everyone who supported the group and of course, Cowal’s Red Squirrel. We made a grand total of £246.00 on the day. Many thanks

Cowal Red Squirrel Group

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Cowal Red Squirrel Group Membership £10 per year

Looking for that special present? Something just a wee bit different? then we have the very thing! A Cowal Red Squirrel Group Membership – why not gift a membership to someone special at the great price of £10.00 you can purchase a year’s membership. They will love it – Saving Cowal’s Red Squirrels in their card.


Janice Ferguson
The Old Smiddy
PA23 7UG

Tel: 01369 870346

Or get in touch using our Contact form here.

Squirrel Feeder Boxes £10 each

Want to watch Red Squirrels feeding in the comfort of your own garden? Cowal Red Squirrel Group have the answer – your very own squirrel feeder box. And you will be safe in the knowledge that your purchase will be helping to maintain and enhance Cowal’s Red Squirrel Population.

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Our great value Squirrel feeder boxes are a fantastic gift at only £10 each. Many hours of entertainment will be had watching the antics of  the squirrels feeding with this purchase.

For orders contact:

Janice Ferguson
The Old Smiddy
PA23 7UG

Tel: 01369 870346

Or get in touch using our Contact form here.

Big thanks to Mike for the photo. – Cowal Red Squirrel Group

Gallery Update – Thank you for the photos

As we have recently updated our gallery, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our regular photographers, Iain Giles, Mike Breslin, Ronnie Stokes, Bill Ferguson , Alan Forsyth, Jeannie Tong and Helen Macey and also all the other folks , too numerous to mention, who have sent us photos of red squirrel to use on our website. They are fantastic and much appreciated. Keep them coming!!

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Squirrel Road Warning Signs in Cowal

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 Cowal Red Squirrel Group and Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels are unable to fund road warning signs or arrange for their erection. However the following guidance notes taken from ‘Save Our Squirrels- a Red Alert North East England Project- c/o Northumberland Wildlife Trust’ may be of help to those wishing to pursue these themselves.

Red squirrel road deaths and warning signs

 Red squirrels will come to ground when foraging for food, dispersing, or looking for a mate. Unfortunately they do not have road sense and many are killed each year on the roads. It is important that squirrel feeders are not located in a position that will entice squirrels from woodland, across a road.

Road signs may be a useful tool in informing people that red squirrels are in the area, and may raise awareness of the problem. However it is important to avoid an over proliferation of these signs, as this will dilute their effectiveness.

For signs purchased from the Cowal Red Squirrel Group and to be used in the Cowal area permission has been granted for these signs to be erected on roads up to 30mph. The signs cannot be used on roads with a higher speed limit. To seek further advice on erecting the signs please contact Cowal Red Squirrel Group through their contact page:

The following advice should be used outside the Cowal area:

 Signs within the Road Verge: If you wish to erect a sign within the road verge permission is required from the Local Authority or Transport Scotland depending on the class of route under consideration. The Local Authority is responsible for approval of road signs on the local roads and Transport Scotland is responsible for signing on the trunk road network.

In general the guidelines are to put up as few signs as possible to ensure that people do take notice of them.  As I am sure we are all aware, if there are too many of a particular sign, people tend not to react to them.

The Council will consider any case put forward for signage to make drivers aware of red squirrels on its individual merit.  A letter should be sent into the Council providing details of the exact location with details of the issues together with ecological information as to why a sign should be considered at this location.

Letters should be sent to the Council Transport Department.

The red squirrel warning is not a standard road sign, therefore gaining permission to erect one may be a long and expensive process.

Private Land: Due to the difficulties of this, you may wish to consider erecting a sign on private land, which is visible from the road. Northumberland Wildlife Trust has designed a sign, which can be manufactured by Tofco, a Northumberland sign maker. Signs should be ordered directly from Tofco, on 01661 860001.

These signs are triangular, 600mm, 0.2m2, constructed from aluminium, and display a squirrel motif. The price of one sign is approximately £24. A 3.3m galvanised post with cap, base-plate, and clips will cost approximately £20. Carriage costs are not included in these prices.triangle sign squirrel

Signs such as this may require advertisement consent from the local planning authority. It will therefore be necessary to make an initial enquiry to confirm this with your authority. However, advertisement consent is not normally required for signs that are less than 0.3m in size, not illuminated, less than 4.6m above ground level, and displaying a character no more than 0.75m in height.

Before deciding to purchase a sign, please use the following points to ensure that the purchase is justified. These conditions will help ensure the use of warning signs is legal and as effective as possible:

  • Have there been red squirrel road deaths at this location? For the reasons stated above, signs should only be erected in known black spots. If a stretch of road is suspected to be a squirrel death black spot, our records may be used confirm this.
  • To your knowledge, is there a red squirrel warning sign in the vicinity of the proposed site? Over proliferation of signs can significantly decrease their effectiveness.
  • Is advertisement consent required from the local planning authority? If so, have they granted it?
  • Are you the landowner, and if not do you have the permission of the landowner to erect the sign?
  • Are you able to erect and maintain the sign in a manner that is secure and safe?

For further information regarding Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels please visit