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Plans for Isle of Man to become a red squirrel refuge

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Image caption Numbers of red squirrels in the UK declined due to competition from grey squirrels and loss of habitat.

A conservation group is discussing plans for the Isle of Man to become a refuge for red squirrels.

The Countryside Restoration Trust (TCRT) has held meetings with the Manx government to discuss introducing the animal to the island.

TRT chairman Robin Page said: "I'd like to send a scientist over to see a sensible re-introduction, so there could be a safe pool of red squirrels."

The species is listed as endangered in the United Kingdom.

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