Emblematic, charismatic, iconic. Red squirrels are one of the best-loved mammals in Britain. Discover their turbulent history. Learn about their lifestyle and habits. Find out what threats they face and how we are conserving and protecting them.
Believed to have been in Britain from the end of the last Ice Age, this species has survived good times and bad. Today, it is once again facing great challenges, specifically from the North American grey squirrel. Introduced in England in the 18th century, the grey has now replaced the red squirrel in most of mainland England and Wales. Yet, here in Scotland, we are very fortunate to have many places where they can be seen. Home to 75% of the UK’s population, Scotland offers the greatest hope for the future of red squirrels in the UK.
Find out more about the ups and downs in the history of this timid yet charming creature, as well as its habitat, nesting and diet. Learn about squirrels’ relationship with people over the ages, and how our laws now protect these lovable animals. From this beautifully illustrated, you’ll understand the intricacies of the threats facing red squirrels and the efforts that are under way to protect them.
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