The maps above show how widespread our native red once was and how much they have declined.
Clocaenog Forest: an important habitat
The slides below all show Red Squirrels. You can see how much their appearance can vary.
Frequently Asked Questions
The forest is home to only a small population of red squirrels and they are very shy. You might catch a glimpse from a distance if you are out walking there but it’s not yet very likely.
If you want to be sure of seeing red squirrels, you could visit the National Trust site in Formby, Merseyside where they have a Squirrel Walk. The squirrels there are fairly used to people and you are very likely to see them there.
Red squirrels feed on seeds, nuts, berries and fungi but mostly the seeds of conifers such as spruce and pine. Clocaenog Forest consists mainly of Norway and Sitka Spruce, Larch and Pine and is an ideal habitat for red squirrels.
No, red squirrels do not hibernate but they are less active in the winter months. Conifer seeds can be found over the winter months and they keep stores of food to see them through difficult times when fresh food is not available.
The only mammals that truly hibernate in the UK are hedgehogs, dormice and bats.