Killhope discovered we had red squirrels a few years ago and we do all we can to protect and monitor them. We have two hides on site to help you see them at close quarters.
This picture was taken on a phone camera in the accessible hide
Here are some of the main difference between reds and grey squirrels.
- Key Features: Ear tufts on adults. Bushy tail all one colour.
- Coat: Usually reddish-brown with a pale bib. Can vary across the season from almost black to very light in the summer when they can appear blonde or greyish.
- Size: 18 – 22 cm body length. Slender build. Weighs around 275-350g.
- Key Features: Tail has white edge like a halo. No ear tufts.
- Coat: Predominantly grey. Very often tinged orange/red/brown
- Size: 25-27 cm body length. Stocky build. Weighs around 400 - 600g.
A red squirrel is not always red and a grey is not always grey... coat colour is not the best way to identify squirrels.
The ears and tail are better guides for identification and with this guide you should be able to easily identify reds and greys.