The project has been planned by the estate’s owner, Sir Tim Rice, and is being undertaken through a licence scheme with Scottish Natural Heritage. The estate has permission to move 50 squirrels from number of location in the East Highlands to the Dundonnell estate. Some of the squirrels have been settled immediately in their new wild home, while others have spent time in specially constructed enclosures to give them a chance to acclimatise. The experiment is being closely monitored by SNH and the results will be used to inform decisions on any other similar projects. In the long term it is hoped that a viable community of red squirrels will be established to create a refuge as the grey squirrel, which spreads a deadly pox virus to the reds, continues to move northwards through Scotland.