Top Places to Spot Red Squirrels

Posted on October 4, 2017 @ 3:16 PM in Walking

With their reddish-brown fur and love of nuts, red squirrels are among our best loved woodland animals. The only species of squirrel native to the UK, they are most commonly found in woodlands, particularly coniferous.  As they gather up extra food in the Autumn months, prime spotting times are morning and late afternoon when they are most active.  An elusive animal, they spend much of their time in the tree canopy so be sure to keep an eye out above!

To increase your chances of spotting a red squirrel on your next walk, we have put together a list of the top places to spot them this autumn:

Co. Antrim

Glenariff Forest Park 

Cregagh Wood 

Straidkilly 

Co. Down

Mount Stewart 

Tollymore Forest Park 

Kilbroney Forest Park 

Co. Fermanagh

Castle Archdale Country Park 

Ely Lodge 

Florence Court 

Co. Tyrone

Gortin Glen Forest Park 

Co. Armagh

Slieve Gullion 

Since the introduction of grey squirrels in the 1870s, numbers in the UK have fallen dramatically. There are currently seven squirrel action groups in Northern Ireland with the aim of protecting and helping to maintain the population of red squirrels.  If you’d like to join a group or report a red squirrel sighting make sure to get in touch! Details of all groups can be found at https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/red-squirrel-groups-northern-ireland

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Officer

Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

1 comment has been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Brendan on October 19, 2017 @ 2:13 PM

Hi Sarah

Nice one. One wee point. Grey squirrels were introduced to this country in 1911, one hundred years before you joined Outdoor Recreation. They can't swim across the sea from either America or Britain.

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