Aira Force is squirrel friendly

Giant squirrel and children at Aira Force

Unfortunately the numbers of these shy and elusive creatures have dropped over the years and Aira Force is one of the few remaining places in England where our native red squirrels still thrive.

Joining forces to protect squirrels

We've joined forces with Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group to help make the area their ideal home, placing over 30 feeders beside the footpaths to the falls. We also have a willow hide, built by schoolchildren from Patterdale and Penruddock, which looks out at the squirrel and bird feeders. 

A safe haven

Red squirrels are in danger of extinction in England, but this exciting project not only provides an opportunity for you to see them in the wild but also provides a safe haven for our little furry friends and hugely increases the public awareness of their plight.

Kids (young and old) can tackle Cyril’s red squirrel ramble around Aira Force. Find the squirrels, answer the questions and unlock the password to become a squirrel detective… Just like Cyril! Proceeds from the red squirrel ramble go towards our conservation of red squirrels.