Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has welcomed the authorisation from Scottish Ministers in erecting red squirrel caution signs for motorists.


Mr Crawford had previously written to Stirling Council, to ask about possible measures to alert drivers to the presence of red squirrels in the Argaty area, and to calm traffic. The call came after a number of squirrels had been found killed on the road in recent months.


Subsequently, the Council’s Network Team have been in discussions with Transport Scotland to gain permission to use a non-prescribed sign to alert people to the presence of native red squirrels. Transport Scotland have provided with a design of the sign which may be used – which Mr Crawford has given his support to.


Commenting, Mr Crawford said:


“I’m pleased that Scottish Ministers have taken the view that non-prescribed signs can be used to help protect the local population of red squirrels in the area.


“Reports of red squirrel deaths in the area are upsetting, and we have to do what we can in order to protect the species.


“I look forward to the signs being introduced, to let drivers know to take care on the road, and to watch out for native red squirrels.”