About Lower Nithsdale Red Squirrel Group

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The Lower Nithsdale Red Squirrel Group (LNRSG) was formed in 2018. Their remit area takes in the Lower Nith Valley from Auldgirth to the sea and includes the town of Dumfries.

Red squirrels are still doing well in this area. But they are coming under increasing threat from non-native grey squirrels that are moving into Dumfries town and the surrounding countryside and bringing with them the deadly squirrelpox virus.

The LNRSG aims to remove grey squirrels, reduce the threat of the squirrelpox virus and promote the conservation and enjoyment of our native red squirrels in the town and throughout the Lower Nith Valley.

How we’re helping

We’re one of a number of local sponsors of LNRSG’s 2021 calendar. You can buy the calendar in our Dumfries shop. The beautiful calendars feature stunning photos of red squirrels in their natural habitat and cost just £5 each. All money raised goes to the LNRSG.

We’ve also spent time sourcing the best quality ingredients for a specialist red squirrel food – our very popular Red Squirrel Picnic. This can be bought in store or as an add-on to your pallet. It’s packed full of hazelnuts, monkey nuts, and sunflower seeds, with no cheap fillers.

It’s so good, we’ve even had squirrels themselves visit us. A wild red squirrel popped in one morning and happily explored our shop before heading back to the woodland next door!

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Quick guide to choosing the best Wood Fuel for your stove and lifestyle.

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*Break - We strongly recommend you break these briquettes in half (or less for very small stoves) because they do expand whilst burning and you don't want them to overfill the fire.
*Easy to light - We always use a Firelighter and Kindling Sticks to start our fires. Most briquettes are graded four stars to light because they are quite dense and require kindling.


  • All stove and flue combinations tend to have different burning characteristics. Fuel that works well in my stove may not work so well in your stove, and vice-versa.
  • Most modern stoves are more efficient than most older stoves, meaning a modern quality stove will burn fuel more economically and generate more heat over a longer period.
  • Always try to burn fuel with a 'lick of flame'. Smouldering fuel to try to extend burn time is bad for your stove, flue and the environment due to unburned particulate matter in the smoke.
  • Be prepared to break briquettes into smaller sections to fit into your stove comfortably. Many briquettes do expand whilst burning and you don't want them to expand onto the glass.
  • The chart above indicates which briquettes are easy to break. Some are small enough so they don't need breaking. This makes for a cleaner environment around your stove.
  • All briquettes, except Everyday Value and Hotmax, benefit hugely from using kindling to light them. I suggest five kindling sticks will be sufficient, meaning a net should last 30 days.