Red Squirrel sign success

Red Squirrel sign success

Red Squirrel sign success

Signs warning drivers of the presence of red squirrels on rural roads have been installed following a campaign to protect the animals.

In the last 18 months it is thought that more than 14 red squirrels have been killed on Stirling's rural roads, with 13 being reported on the road leading to the Argaty Red Kite Centre near Doune.

The campaign was backed by Dean Lockhart MSP and local councillors.

In response to a parliamentary question by Mr Lockhart in May, the Scottish Government confirmed that other such signs had been approved across Scotland and would consider an application by Stirling Council for the signage to be erected.

Dean Lockhart MSP said:

''I am delighted that the first of these signs have now been erected by Transport Scotland.

''I hope that they will make drivers more aware of the animals and that by taking more care we can save the lives of more red squirrels.

''More sites across the region have been identified so I hope that we will see more of these signs on Stirling's rural roads in the months to come.''