Bruce assesses what can be done to protect Red Squirrels in Argaty

Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has visited Argaty Red Kites, to discuss the issue of red squirrels being killed on the local road.


It has been widely reported that a number of red squirrels have been hit by cars in recent weeks in the area. Locals are calling for measures to be put in place to help protect them.


Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:


“Red squirrels are part of the rural Scotland setting and we should be doing everything we can to protect them.


“There are a number of difficulties with this particular road in that there is not street lighting, which limits the type of safety features that could potentially be installed.


“I have now written to Highland Council to seek their advice on what measures they have taken on their local roads in order to protect species such as the red squirrel. Once I have a better understanding of what options are available, I will work with locals and Stirling Council to assess what can be implemented here.”

Crawford urges people not to leave dogs in hot cars this summer

SNP MSP Bruce Crawford is urging dog owners in the Stirling Constituency not to leave their pets in hot cars this summer.


Mr Crawford is highlighting research undertaken by Dogs Trust which shows that most people believe it is fine to leave a dog in a car if counter-measures are taken, such as leaving a window open or parking under a tree.


Under 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog, should its body exceed 41°C. Within a matter of minutes, as the temperature rises in your car, your dog’s suffering will become evident through excessive panting, whimpering or barking. This will then develop into a loss of muscle control and ultimately their kidneys will cease to function, the brain will become damaged and their heart will stop.


The Stirling Constituency MSP is warning constituents that on even wet or cooler days, leaving their pet in the car even for a few minutes can be dangerous.


Mr Crawford said:


“Many people don’t know that dogs take a lot longer than humans to cool down and with temperatures rising over the summer it is more important than ever that dog owners are warned of the dangers of leaving their pets unattended in cars. Even on cooler or very wet days, cars can become very hot, very quickly, and be fatal for dogs.


“You just need to touch the dashboard or seat of a car to see how hot it can get. And parking in the shade or leaving the window down will not make it any safer.


“If you are carrying your dog in the car over the summer carry plenty of drinking water for it, use sun blinds on the windows and do not leave the dog in a parked car, even for a few minutes.


“If you do see a dog in distress in a parked car call the police or the SSPCA immediately.”