Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Red Squirrels

Our Walk-Through Red Squirrel Enclosure is going from strength to strength. The squirrels we currently have in there are settling down extremely well over the Summer opening period, and many of them come up really close to see what is going on.

I am planning on introducing a further batch of squirrels out there next week, this should bring the total up to around 30 ish which we believe is the capacity of the Copse. Included in these will be a few females, so you never know, next year may bring a few litters of kittens for you to see out in the open.

If you are planning on visiting over the end of the Summer school holiday, or over the coming weekends, then the best times of day to see the squirrels are for the first and last hour we are open. We feed the squirrels during the morning keeper talk which sees a number of them coming up to hand feed from the keeper, they then stay around feeding for a while before resting up during the middle of the day. They are still visible, but you have to be more patient to see them. Then they start a second burst of activity from around 4pmish till we close at 5pm, and this has seen many good photo opportunities from budding photographers.

Red Squirrel eager to come and see what I am up to...

Owner David Mills saying hello to one of the residents

David Mills feeding one of the many friendly squirrels in the enclosure

Our new enclosure provides some great photo opportunities

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