Red squirrels are Britain’s only native species of squirrel and were once a common sight in conifer forests. Recent figures estimate a red squirrel population of around 140,000 in Britain. Extensive timber felling in Britain from the 14th and 15th centuries onward led to a declining red squirrel population.
Actively saving species
The red squirrel is part of a national Biodiversity Action Plan and there are breeding programmes underway coupled with reintroduction projects.
We need your help
The red squirrels at Pensthorpe are cared for by the PCT team in three purpose built enclosures built around existing trees and linked by overhead runs. To keep the squirrels healthy throughout the year a rather select diet is required, chestnuts, hazelnuts, a choice of fresh vegetables as well as antler to gnaw on especially for the breeding season. The attention to detail with animal husbandry for the red squirrel follows years of observational research, all the squirrels are given studbook names and Tortoiseshell a 2006 female is testament to the successful conditions at Pensthorpe as she has given birth to 46 kittens.
You can support our work with red squirrels at Pensthorpe by animal adoption.