Red Squirrels

October 15, 2014

Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

Red squirrels are rather cute, but unfortunately you can only see them in a few places in the UK, and those numbers are in decline.

As we write this it is Red Squirrel Week to raise awareness of our little red forrest friends 😉

Where you can find Red Squirrels in the UK

You can find most of the Red Squirrel population in Scotland, but they are also on the Isle of Wight, and in some parts of Cumbria, Northumberland, Merseyside, Lancashire, north-west Durham and the Yorkshire Dales.

Visit the Red Squirrels Northern England web page for a map of where you can find our native squirrel.

More Interesting Facts about Red Squirrels

Did you know that baby red squirrels are called kittens. — Tweet This

Red squirrels can locate their buried food supplies in over 1 foot of snow. — Tweet This

Red squirrels can swim. — Tweet This

Red squirrels don’t hibernate. In the winter they rely on the food they’ve buried. — Tweet This

Red squirrels have 4 fingers and 2 toes on each paw. — Tweet This

Red Squirrel Activities to do with your Kids

If you live in a region that has some red squirrels, go along and see if you can spot any.

The Nature Detectives has a few Red Squirrel related things you can download and do.

You can download and print this squirrel colouring sheet.

Make a Red Squirrel finger puppet.

Can you be a squirrel? Find some acorns, bury them, and then go back and try and find where you left them. Leave it a day or two, or even a week, to see just how difficult this actually is…..and don’t cheat by marking where you buried them 😉  Download the acorn hunt game from here. 

Want to learn more?

You could visit the Red Squirrel Survival Trust. Here’s their video below.

As mentioned before, there’s a website dedicated to Red Squirrels in Northern England.

There’s some Red Squirrel facts too over on BBC Nature and of course, wikipedia.

Photo credit:Redsquirrel eating 2012” by Paul WhippeyOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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