Plas Newydd appeal to build bridge for squirrels

The National Trust / Shellduck Photography

An appeal has been launched to build a rope bridge especially for Anglesey’s famous red squirrels.

Staff at Plas Newydd in Llanddaniel Fab are aiming to raise £10,000 to help squirrels safely cross the busy main road alongside the country house into the neighbouring woodland.

Over a hundred squirrels now live in and around the estate after six were brought to Plas Newydd and released into the wild in October 2008. But every year, tens of the squirrels are killed by oncoming traffic on the road.

The National Trust says it hopes the new bridge will save lives and encourage the squirrels to further populate surrounding areas. Money raised will also go towards improving nest boxes and installing feeding stations as well as creating a new viewing hide and recruiting new Ranger volunteers.

Claire Seager, visitor experience supervisor, said: ”We’re so lucky to have the red squirrels at Plas Newydd and they are a huge hit with our visitors. We wanted to give people the opportunity to learn more about them and be able to play an active part in caring for them.”

”Each year we receive reports from visitors and staff about dead squirrels on the road so we asked our squirrel experts and the Anglesey Red Squirrel Trust how we could stop this. The idea of raising money for a rope bridge was mentioned and it all took off from there.”

The appeal will be officially launched as part of Plas Newydd’s Red Squirrel Week, running from Sunday 29th October to Saturday 4th November.

To donate, visit Plas Newydd’s JustGiving page or text PNNT49 and your amount (e.g. ‘PNNT49 £5’) to 70070.