Red Squirrel

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Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is native to the UK and Europe, and was once common and widespread throughout the UK, however the red squirrel can only be found in certain areas now. Although there have been accounts of red and grey squirrels fighting, this is a rare occurrence! The main reasons for this decline are that red squirrels lack immunity to a foreign disease (the greys have anti-bodies and can fight this disease) and grey squirrels are more adaptable and outcompete red squirrels for food.

It is diurnal (awake between dawn and dusk, like us!) and found in woodlands (conifer and in some places deciduous). They feed mainly on tree seed but they will also eat insects, flowers, fruit, fungi and bird eggs.

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