Go Nuts, It's National Red Squirrel Week!
The 27 September - 5 October is national Red Squirrel Week, these little critters are native to the UK and are wonderful to watch. Though sadly in recent years they have been found to be in decline, this week aims to raise awareness for their plight to regain numbers!
There have been sightings of red squirrels all over Lancashire so be sure to keep your eyes peeled as you never know where one might be hiding. They tend to live in both broadleaved and conifer woodland so getting out and about is the best way to spot them.
There are a variety of places across the north where there is a concerted effort to protect the squirrels from habitat loss and their native cousins grey squirrels, who have also been linked to their decline.
One place that’s renowned for its red squirrel population is Freshfield Dune Heath in Formby, which is actually the largest lowland heath area in Lancashire. Whinlatter Forest Park in Keswick is another great place for watching them dart around the trees, they even have red squirrel experience within their visitor centre!
So what are you waiting for, get out and enjoy watching these wonderful animals roam and play, it’s a really great way to spend an autumn afternoon. On that note we will leave you with some ‘nuts’ facts on these pretty little mammals in aid of National Red Squirrel Week:
• Even though they spend most of their time in the trees, red squirrels can actually swim!
• They can live up to 6 years in the wild.
• They live in large nests in the trees called dreys.
• Baby squirrels are called kittens and are born with no hair or teeth.
• They don’t hibernate over winter, and they can find their winter stores of food in over 1ft of snow!