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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005, 20:22 GMT 21:22 UK
Bridge stops squirrel road deaths
Squirrel
Similar bridges have been set up at sites around the country
Endangered red squirrels are being offered help to cross a busy road thanks to the opening of a rope bridge.

The 150 bridge has been put up over the B6334 accident hot-spot to protect the endangered species on the National Trust-owned estate of Cragside.

The 30ft bridge was paid for by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust's members in Coquetdale.

A number of similar bridges erected around the country have proved a success protecting the squirrels.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust conservation officer, Louise Bessant, said: "As squirrels have no road sense they just dart out across the road when looking for food or a mate.

"The bridge seemed the perfect solution and we knew similar bridges had worked well in other parts of the country."




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