As 2012 begins its festive wind-down, the future is looking rosy for the red squirrels in the region.
Since receiving funding at the start of 2012 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Biffa Award, Sita Trust and others last year, Red Squirrels Northern England has gone from strength to strength.
In the first year of the project, nine rangers and contractors have been in Northumberland carrying out grey control around designated red squirrel reserves. All of the team work closely with local volunteer groups and landowners to ensure a landscape approach to red squirrel conservation.
Visits to schools and community talks have helped to raise awareness of the plight of the red squirrel in Northumberland. 2013 will see community engagement work focused on Alnwick and Swarland among others.
Visit www.rsne.org.uk for more information.