Red squirrels

Red squirrels spend most of their time in the trees © John Millar

Red squirrels spend most of their time in the trees

Top tips for red squirrel spotting in the autumn

  • Try not to make much noise, they are very shy
  • Look for stripped pine cones and hazel shells split neatly in half
  • Look near beech and sweet chestnut trees as squirrels like to eat the nuts
  • Look up into the trees where squirrels spend most of their time
  • Listen for a chattering noise or leaves rustling
  • Stop still as soon as you see one

Squirrel diet

  • They can tell if hazelnuts contain juicy kernels, by their weight
  • They can't live on acorns alone as they can cause digestive problems
  • They need to eat daily as low food intake means disease or starvation

Squirrel home

Formby's cutest resident

  • They usually construct several dreys in their home range
  • Dreys are built in deciduous trees and conifers
  • They switch dreys to prevent build-up of lice and fleas

Brownsea squirrels

One of our special furry friends

  • Females produce two litters a year, usually having three youngsters
  • They prefer closed canopy for cover and to travel off the ground
  • There are 200 - 250 red squirrels on Brownsea