Red Squirrels

Red squirrels are native to the Scots Pine forests that once covered most of Highland Scotland. There are no grey squirrels in Moray although greys have replaced the reds in most of England and the Central Belt of Scotland.

We support our small red squirrel population in Wilkies Wood with feeding boxes and do regular surveys of numbers of squirrels and location of dreys.

Scotland has 75% of British red squirrels and greys are being controlled in places to prevent further spread. The range of trees that support red Squirrels includes larch, Norway spruce, yew and hawthorn as well as Scots Pine. Greys cannot normally establish without large-seeded broadleaves, especially oak, but also beech, chestnut and hazel.

For regional maps of red/grey distribution visit Red Squirrels of the Highlands

Findhorn Hinterland Trust, Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) SC045806
228 Pineridge, Findhorn, Forres, Moray IV36 3TB