Red squirrels in Formby Nature Reserve, which were nearly wiped out by squirrel pox in 2008, have recovered to repopulate.

A survey found the squirrels had created small but viable populations in nearby areas of Lancashire as well.

Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Fiona Whitfield said the increase was the third highest since monitoring began.

She added that the figures “reinforce the conclusion drawn over the past couple of years that the red squirrel population in the coastal pine woods is continuing to recover”.

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