The five resident red squirrels at Wildwood Escot have been enjoying the early signs of spring – including a bright carpet of daffodils – as they explore their woodland home in East Devon.
Twiglet, Blossom and the other red squirrels are sure to get the most out of the flowers, as red squirrels also have an extraordinary sense of smell. This allows them to forage for nuts and seeds and to find food previously hidden underground in the wild.
“Our red squirrels are so curious about anything new and they will investigate everything down to the last leaf, much to the joy of anyone observing them,” said Becky Copland, squirrel keeper at Wildwood Escot.
This much-loved species is endangered in England and Wales, facing many threats including loss of habitat and competition from the American grey squirrel, which carries a virus that is harmful to British reds.
Wildwood Escot recently welcomed two new female red squirrels, who will become a vital part of the park’s conservation breeding programme which has enjoyed successful reintroductions since 2002.
Working with conservation partners across the UK, any kits born will potentially be released into the wild by the charity, ensuring the survival of this iconic British species for future generations.
March is the season for squirrel kits, so lucky visitors to Wildwood Escot will hopefully be able to see the new arrivals when the park reopens on 12th April.
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