Become a Friend of the Red Squirrel

Wight Squirrel Project is an independent, local charity that relies on donations, fundraising events, sponsorship and grants to keep it going.

If you give a minimum donation of £10 per person, you will become ‘A Friend of the Red Squirrel’ for a year and receive a certificate. This will give concessions to some red squirrel events, and access to our private hide which is now open for bookings.

Funding is needed to cover general running costs, insurance, post mortem expenses, monitoring, providing an annual newsletter, advice, veterinary bills and leaflets to the general public and also for food to fill hoppers at ‘safe’ road crossings. More recently funding has been needed to cover leprosy testing. See results here.

The IOW Red Squirrel Hide is open again!

The hide is now open to paid up Friends of the Red Squirrel, but due to Covid restrictions, only one person at a time can enter the hide. To avoid turning up when the hide is already occupied there is now a booking system in place.

Please contact Helen on for the link to the booking form.

Would you like to volunteer ?

We are always looking for help!

Would you like to receive training to become a bi-annual woodland monitor? It is very slow and starts early in the morning. You need to be observant and dedicated. The walks are three times within two weeks in the spring and autumn.

Other volunteer posts:
Can you help out at shows? We go to between six and ten events a year. See our events listing.
There are always leaflets and/or newsletters to distribute. Can you take on an area?

How you can help us

The easiest and most efficient way to offer financial help is to become a Friend of the Red Squirrel and set up a standing order with a donation.

We also need volunteers to help us with walks, events and delivering newsletters. Please contact us if you can help.


Feeding Squirrels

Feeding red squirrels helps their survival and provides hours of entertainment for you.

They need a variety of food, not just peanuts. Hazelnuts, filberts, pine nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, coconut and fruit will provide a varied and healthier diet. NEVER feed brazil nuts or fatballs!


Squirrel Spotting

Peak activity times are dawn and dusk all year. Squirrels react to sound and movement, so stand still and keep quiet.

Where gardens back onto woods, squirrels are often fed and can be spotted as they travel to and from the garden.

Read more about best places to see red squirrels on the Island...

Support the charity and buy  a cute Wight Squirrel Project T-shirts online from
For each t-shirt bought, Wight Squirrel Project will get £4.50 towards funding

T-shirts cost £19.00
buy one here...