The red squirrel is one of Britain’s iconic species. With its rusty-orange coat, tufted ears and bushy red tail this cute creature is everyone’s favourite small mammal.
But it’s also one of the most elusive of our wildlife species not least because it is now confined largely to northern England, Scotland and parts of Wales.
Sadly this beautiful creature is now absent in most of southern England except for a small colony on the Isle of Wight and two small islands in Poole Harbour.
So imagine my joy last week when we saw not one but three very active red squirrels on a trip to Grasmere in the English Lake District.
They were a few feet away from the camper van, running up and down trees, chasing each other and feeding on a large cache of nuts!
I’m lucky enough to live in northern England so I’ve seen red squirrels before…
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