Webcam showing red squirrels at a feeder in the grounds of Balmoral castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The red squirrel is the UK’s only native squirrel species and was once widespread across its islands. Red squirrel populations have drastically declined since the introduction of the grey squirrel in 1876. The red squirrel, despite its name has a coat colour ranging from grey/brown to red. The throat, belly and eye rings are a distinctive white
Red squirrels do not hibernate during the winter but remain active throughout the season. In autumn they are busy collecting and storing food for the colder winter months. Before storing mushrooms that they’ve foraged, red squirrels have been known to lay them out to dry on tree branches. Red squirrels have a varied diet and although the bulk of it is nuts and seeds they will also eat flowers, berries, mushrooms, bugs, mice, eggs, and small birds.