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European Red Squirrel

Sciurus vulgaris


Medium sized squirrel with diagnostic 'foxy' red coat and pale belly. Ear tufts and brush tail. These images taken in northern Scotland in late summer.


Mainly prefers coniferous woodland and favour pine cones although will also eat other nuts, seeds and fruits as well as fungi. Not so keen on acorns unlike Grey Squirrels.


Have become increasingly rare in Britain following introduction of Grey Squirrels. The population densities of reds are far less than that of greys with figures showing up to 8 Grey Squirrels per ha of broad leaved woodland against only 1 Red, and down to 0.1 per ha of coniferous forest. Ref: Forestry Commission UK.

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1 Comment

triggsturner 5 years ago

Hi Polilla, Ah, Florence in spring - lucky you. My Scottish friend here didnt hang around long but gave me a good but brief view.

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Spotted on Sep 8, 2013
Submitted on Apr 9, 2015

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