Fishbourne residents Julie and Brian Robinson got in touch with Wightlink when they wanted to make their garden more red squirrel-friendly. They had heard that the tree-living creatures prefer to get around from branch to branch as they are more vulnerable to predators when moving about at ground level.
Wightlink was delighted to hand over some old rope, surplus to requirements on board ships, for the Robinsons to tie to their trees to build some aerial highways in their garden.
“Red squirrels are the symbol of the Isle of Wight and we want to do what we can to help them survive and thrive,” says Julie. “We were delighted when Wightlink offered to let us have some rope and we are sure the squirrels will enjoy scampering along it.”
Wightlink Chief Operating Officer John Burrows says “We were pleased to lend a hand. We replace rope on board regularly for safety reasons so we frequently have supplies to pass on to a good cause. In the past we’ve donated rope to the Isle of Wight Zoo and to Island yachts clubs to make into fenders.”
It’s estimated the Island is home to around 3,000 red squirrels. The Wight Squirrel Project www.wightsquirrels.co.uk can offer advice to Islanders who want to protect and support them.
For more information, please contact Karen Woods 07775 694266 [email protected]