Carri Nicholson, SOS’s project manager, told ST: “We are delighted to have raised sufficient additional funds to employ a grey squirrel control officer who will focus on Cumbria and West Northumberland. Our current funding agreement allows us to advise and support landowners in their fight to keep the reserves and buffer zones grey-free.”

The active contribution to conservation specifically entails culling any greys encountered.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 21 December, with interviews due to take place early in the New Year.

For more information, contact Simon O’Hare in SOS’s Penrith office, tel (01768) 212521 or visit Save our Squirrels