The five resident red squirrels at popular wildlife park Wildwood Escot, in East Devon, have been enjoying the famous first signs of spring, a bright carpet of happy daffodils, in their large woodland home.
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.
The charity recently welcomed two new female red squirrels, who will become a vital part of the park’s conservation breeding programme. Their future kits will potentially be released into the wild with conservation partners across the UK, ensuring the survival of this iconic British species for future generations..
This muchloved 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 works with a number of organisations across the UK to protect and conserve the red squirrel, and the charity has bred the species for successful reintroductions since 2002.
March is the season for squirrel kits, but a second litter in late summer is not uncommon. Visitors to Wildwood Escot will be able to see the new arrivals when the park reopens 12 April.