Wildlife to Visit of the Family Sciuridae

Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc
Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta )
Bluebell woods.
Carpet of Bluebells. © Angie Muldowney cc

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There are 2 wildlife species pictured below. Some species can only be seen during certain months. Wildlife that has been observed at this time of year are shown first preceeded by a green bar. Wildlife that can be seen at a different time of year is show last preceeded by a blue bar.

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Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) All year round.
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Family: Sciuridae

Habitat: Woodland and gardens and parks.

Size: Length 23-30 cm (9.1-11.8 in). Tail 19-25 cm (7.5-9.8 in).

Food: Tree bark, buds, berries, seeds, acorns, walnuts, and other nuts, and fungi.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Each grey squirrel makes several thousand small caches of hidden food every summer. Their nests or dreys are made of twigs and leaves often in the forks of trees. They are crepuscular and do not hibernate.

Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) © MTM arr
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) All year round.
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Family: Sciuridae

Habitat: Mixed woodland and coniferous woodland.

Food: Pine cones, acorns, seeds, nuts, bird eggs, berries and fungi.

Season: All year round.

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The red squirrel likes deciduous and mixed forests, but competition from the grey squirrel has restricted it to mostly coniferous forests. 

Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) ♂ ♀ © MTM arr
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