About Red Squirrels
Once a common sight across the UK, the red squirrel population has faced a considerable decline due to the invasive, non-native American grey squirrel. Bigger and stronger than red squirrels, the greys often win the competition for food and living space. Grey squirrels also carry Squirrelpox but rarely die from it, whereas the virus is extremely lethal to reds.
Whilst the population in England is scarce and isolated in a handful of locations, you can still find red squirrels in most woodland areas in Scotland. Simply look out for their large dreys (nests) in trees, scratch marks on the bark, or chewed pine cones on the floor.
You can see red squirrels all year round since they don’t hibernate. They are active during the day, though they do enjoy a nap, and they don’t appreciate bad weather. They love seeds and nuts, but they also eat fruits of shrubs and trees, fungi, and sometimes birds’ eggs.