Thanks to Beatrix Potter and the cheeky Squirrel Nutkin, the red squirrel has become an icon of the Cumbrian countryside but over the years it has become quite an elusive creature.
They were once a common sight in woodlands and forests, but since the grey squirrel was introduced in the 1870s, numbers of our beloved red squirrel have been in decline. However there are thriving populations of red squirrels in the Lake District, so if you want to spot one, we’ll tell you where to go.
- Aira Force near Ullswater is a squirrel friendly habitat that is being protected by a local conservation group. A top tip is to visit early morning as squirrels are most active and there will be less visitors. Special feeders have been placed next to the footpaths to help keep our furry friends fed.
- At Allan Bank House in Grasmere there are dedicated squirrel feeders in the gardens which you can watch from the house’s Study using the binoculars provided. Alternatively, take a stroll through the gardens and keep your eyes peeled around the woodland.
- Whinlatter Forest near Keswick is an ideal place for red squirrel spotting whilst on a woodland walk. Head along the footpaths from the visitor centre and keep your eyes peeled near the squirrel feeders.
Autumn is a great time of year for squirrel spotting, so grab your wellies and binoculars and get out there. If you’re lucky enough to see one, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram.
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