Name: Red Squirrel
Scientific name: Sciurus vulgaris
Nature Stars: 80
Red squirrels are generally found in coniferous woods and they feast on hazelnuts by cracking the shell in half! Their nest is called a 'drey' and they make it out of twigs, leaves and strips of bark in the fork of a branch, high in the tree canopy.You can read all about how The Wildlife Trusts is helping red squirrels on this page!
How to identify: Told from the Grey Squirrel by its smaller size, reddish-brown fur (although it can look darker and duller in the autumn/winter) and by the obvious tufts of hair on the end of the ears.
Where: Strongholds are Scotland, the Lake District and Northumberland with some isolated remnant populations further south in England and Wales including Anglesey, Formby in Lancashire, Brownsea Island in Dorset and the Isle of Wight.
Fantastic fact: Red Squirrels are threatened by a disease called Squirrel Pox, a virus that is carried by Grey Squirrels but that is fatal for Red Squirrels.
Photograph credit: Robin Redfern