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Silent explorers wanted for red squirrel safari
Anyone nuts about squirrels might be lucky enough to see some of the red variety on Saturday [05 October] at Aberdeen's Hazlehead Park.
The red squirrel is the UK's only native squirrel and at one time could be seen across the mainland.
However, since the introduction of grey squirrels in the late 19th century the red population has been gradually squeezed out of woodlands.
Aberdeen City Council countryside ranger Rob Rowe and Steve Willis, project officer for Saving Scotland's Red Squirrel Project, are inviting members of the public to help them find signs of the red squirrel population of Hazlehead Park.
Rob said: "This is one of the best opportunities to see red squirrels in Aberdeen.
"The Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels team has shown me recent evidence that shows reds are thriving in this area so I am hopeful we will see some on Saturday.
"To maximise our chances silence will be essential which means only a limited number of places will be available so I would encourage people to book early."
For more information and to reserve a place on this free mini adventure telephone 01224 897400 or e-mail email@example.com
The event will start at 7.30am on Saturday [05 October] from the west chapel car park of Hazlehead Crematorium.
Participants are advised to dress appropriately for the weather and bear in mind there will be a lot of standing and some walking over uneven ground.
Children under 16-years-old must be accompanied by an adult.