Wildwood Devon
Wildwood Devon
Wildwood Devon

Red Squirrel

Sciurus vulgaris

Red squirrels are one of Britain’s most attractive woodland animals and one of it’s rarest. They are easily recognisable, with long back legs for jumping and a long bushy tail, which they wrap around themselves to keep warm in winter and to shade themselves from the sun in summer. They are smaller than grey squirrels and have distinctive ear tufts, and a deep red coat. Baby squirrels have no ear tufts. The best times to see the red squirrel here are around feeding at 11am and again at about 3pm for the summer months, and around mid day during the winter. They  spend much of the winter in their dray keeping warm and occasionally come out to forage. They move quickly through the trees and their red coats blend in surprisingly well with their surroundings, so look carefully to spot them!