Red squirrels are recognisable by their red to russet fur, long, fluffy tails and ear tufts that develop into larger tufts in the winter.
Red squirrels are very elusive and spend much of their time in the tree canopy. Look out for large dreys in trees, scratch marks on bark, and chewed pine cones that look like chewed apple cores.
Listen out for their 'chuk chuk' noise which is a vocalisation they often use.
Red squirrels don’t hibernate. In autumn they’ll spend time collecting food for the winter when they’ll be less active, but they’ll still be awake.
Red squirrels have a mainly vegetarian diet that includes seeds, hazelnuts and ripe acorns, fungus, bark, and sapwood. They also occasionally take animal prey such as young birds and eggs.
Numbers in the UK have fallen dramatically since grey squirrels were introduced from America as an ornamental species in the 1870s.
Another huge factor in their decline is the loss of woodland over the last century, but road traffic and predators are all threats to.
- Painted in acrylic and coloured pencil on Fabriano Accademia 640gsm paper.
- Dimensions A4
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