Allan Bank is a great place to see native red squirrels. Take a seat in the Study to spot one of them on the feeders outside or you could take a stroll along the garden path to see if you can catch sight of one along the way.
At Allen Banks the red squirrels tend to spend their days in treetops, on the lookout for snacks of seeds and nuts. Keep your eyes peeled as you walk through the woods and you might be lucky enough to spot one.
For squirrel-spotting on the Isle of Wight, head to Borthwood Copse where the population is thriving in carefully managed woodland. The hazel here is coppiced on rotation so that there is always a good crop of nuts for the squirrels to eat.
Brownsea Island is a haven for all sorts of wildlife including red squirrels, which should be easy to spot as they live here in large numbers. They're particularly fond of the islands pine trees, and you'll often see chewed pine cones on the woodland floor.
The team at Cragside are on the look out for red squirrels. Visit the wildlife hide, next to the formal garden and see what the feeding stations bring into view. If you're eagle-eyed enough to spot one, do let staff know.
Mount Stewart is one of the best places in Northern Ireland to see red squirrels. While we can't guarantee a sighting, you're most likely to encounter them early in the morning or late afternoon, behind the house and to the north of the lake. Follow our red squirrel trail as a guide to the top spots.
In June 2012, we started working with Red Squirrels Northern England on a major conservation project to save the red squirrel population before it's too late. With dedicated support they're now thriving. Keep an eye out during a walk round the estate to see if you can spot a few.
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