Our native nutkin, the red squirrel, is only found in certain areas of the UK, which is why the Wildlife Trusts are working to protect them - and encouraging you to help too. Red Squirrel Week, which runs from Sat 26 Sept to Sun 4 Oct 2015, is a great time to look out for distinctive russet fur, tufted ears and a twitching tail; red squirrels really are a captivating sight.
Once common, red squirrels have declined rapidly since the 1950s. Numbers in the UK have fallen from around 3.5 million, to a current estimated population of around 120,000, of which 75% or more are in Scotland.
To do your part for Red Squirrel Week, why not head out for a walk to try and spot one; hot spots include Scotland, the Lake District, Northumberland, Anglesey, Formby in Lancashire, Brownsea Island in Dorset and the Isle of Wight. You stand a really good chance of seeing reds by following the iFootpath Formby Red Squirrel Trail. If you are looking for other ways to help protect this endearing nutkin, the Wildlife Trusts are also giving you the opportunity to Adopt a Red Squirrel.
25 September 2015