Request for help with Squirrel sightings

Request for help with squirrel sightings

Across Scotland, the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) project has been proactively monitoring squirrel populations since 2009, both to celebrate red squirrels reappearing in new areas and to carefully assess movements of the non-native grey squirrel.

Stirling and its surrounds are extremely important areas for SSRS as both red and grey squirrels can be found locally. The project, with the help of local volunteers and landowners, aims to reduce areas of overlap of the two species to help conserve reds by reducing competition. Red squirrels are also under threat from the squirrelpox virus which grey squirrels carry, although the virus does not cause harm to grey squirrels it is lethal to reds.

Stirlingshire is fortunate to have areas of pristine red squirrel populations that have never seen grey squirrels. These areas are predominantly in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. SSRS is working to protect these populations and to ensure that they remain unaffected by competition from grey squirrels and the squirrelpox virus they can carry.

In light of the current pandemic SSRS outdoor survey work has been suspended and so the only way to continue monitoring squirrel populations at this time is for people to report if they have seen a squirrel locally, either in their garden or on their daily exercise. Recently the project has had exciting news of red squirrel populations thriving around Dunblane and Bridge of Allan. Locally there have been multiple reports of red squirrel kittens and a camera trap has captured images of multiple adult red squirrels at a feeder box.

Local Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury said:

“I’m pleased SSRS efforts locally are paying off with Red squirrel populations thriving around Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, multiple reports of red squirrel kittens and multiple adult red squirrels feeding together. When people are out and about as part of their daily exercise or otherwise I would encourage them to report sightings of both Red and grey squirrels at https://scottishsquirrels.org.uk

The project welcomes sightings from anywhere in Scotland, of both red and grey squirrels, so please spread the word and encourage others to report their sightings at https://scottishsquirrels.org.uk.

Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Principal Consultant and a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.

Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI, is also a director of Majury Change Management Ltd is a highly experienced Senior Business Analyst / Data Scientist with a proven track record of success planning, developing, implementing and delivering migrations, organisational change, regulatory, legislative, and process improvements for global financial organisations, covering Retail Banking, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, and Life & Pensions.

For several years now, Alastair has worked extensively with a variety of financial institutions in order to offer the utmost comprehensive services. As a data scientist/business analyst, Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI is expected to find intuitive and sensible solutions to complex problems.

As a data scientist/business analyst, Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI has worked closely with several high-profile businesses, such as BNP Paribas, National Australia Bank, Standard Life and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.​A graduate of University of Glasgow, Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI earned his M.A. in Economics with Business Economics. Since then, Alastair has undergone several training sessions and earned multiple certifications for a variety of skills. More specifically, he has earned certifications in IAQ, risk management, resource management, and a bevy of other areas. ​Alastair Majury thoroughly enjoys his work.

What excites him most about being a data scientist/business analyst is that every problem has a variety of solutions. This allows for a great deal of creativity on his part. Providing ingenious solutions to his customers’ problems provides a great deal of satisfaction to Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI. Every single day can be a new and challenging problem.​

Although he is a fierce and determined worker, Alastair also manages to find free time to embrace his hobbies and interests. Alastair is a major proponent of philanthropy and charitable endeavors. He constantly finds new and exciting ways to promote charities and philanthropic organizations in his community. He also tries to donate time and funds to said organizations whenever he can. Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI firmly believes that if we all work together towards a common goal, we can find peace.

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I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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Alastair Majury

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I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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