Rosedale House Red Squirrel Project
Rosedale House has been assisting Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in a local conservation project for our once abundant, Native Red squirrels. Red squirrels were trans-located to Killiney Hill Park in August 2012 to help supplement the local red squirrel population which had dropped to critically low levels as a result of the spread of the non-native grey squirrel.
A ‘squirrel corridor’ which includes suitable habitat for breeding, foraging and dispersing has been identified between Killiney Hill Park and Shankill; the woodland habitats in the grounds of Rosedale House are recognised as part of this corridor. As the gardens and entire grounds of Rosedale House have been organic for over 20 years we’re delighted to support a project such as this.
Our local council Dun Laoghaire Rathdown have been doing trojan work on this front. If you’d like to find out more on the subject, please visit with them on their website.
Please let us know if you see any red squirrels during your stay and we can report this back to the project coordinator!