There have been a number of red squirrels sighted at Skelwith Fold over the last few weeks. This has caused a lot of excitement amongst our guests – particularly our younger visitors, many of whom have never seen a red squirrel before! The red squirrel may be a rarity, often out-competed for food by the american grey squirrel, but here at Skelwith Fold we are proud to be a home for our native wildlife.
We have put a lot of time and effort into encouraging red squirrels to make a comeback. After a virus which is deadly to the red squirrel was suspected of being spread by the old-style feeding boxes, we continued to help the squirrels by feeding them – but from the ground instead. It also helps that we don’t have any cats on the site, as they don’t think twice about hunting red squirrels regardless of how endangered they may be!
You can see a video of one of our red squirrels on our facebook page below – like our page and you’ll be able to see regular updates from us and our guests when they see one of our furry friends!