Fact Sheet – Red Squirrel

Origin                  Native

Description        Dark red – ginger fur, ear tufts in winter

Size                      Length 18-25cm / Weight 200-350g

Habitat               Throughout Northern England and Scotland 

Diet                      Tree seeds, hazel nuts and seeds from conifer cones

Young                  1 or 2 litters per year 2-3 young per litter

Nest                      Drey

Lifespan              Normally 1-2 years but can live upto 6 years

Population          Uk population estimated at 150,000 

Status                   Full legal protection

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