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Wind farm fears over red squirrels  

The Tory Assembly shadow environment minister has called for a new study into the population of red squirrels in Wales.

And he has warned of the possible effects of wind farms on the rare animals.

Darren Millar’s calls come during National Red Squirrel Week and following a visit to Clocaenog Forest in his constituency, home to the largest population of red squirrels in Wales.

Mr Millar said: “The red squirrel is a protected species and much loved part of our natural heritage.

“I am concerned however, that much of the data which we have on squirrels is outdated and that conservation needs are not being met.

“The development of wind farms in the Clocaenog Forest area is particularly worrying given that there is little information as to how such developments, which include tree felling, will affect red squirrel populations.

“I have written to the Countryside Council for Wales to ask them to undertake a national survey so that appropriate conservation action can be taken and I trust that my request will be supported.”

by Steve Bagnall

Daily Post

6 October 2007

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