We received this, by email, from Simon Handley:
My good lady is convinced that she saw a red squirrel in the park the other day. I saw it too (a fleeting glimpse) and at first I thought it was a chipmunk (??!!) and then thought it seemed a lot redder than grey. Is this possible? It was along the path along the stream between Lambrok Meadow and the large pond. Be grateful for your thoughts.
Simon & Sarah Handley
The official reply is that in southern England red squirrels are confined to the Isle of Wight and Brownsea Island, where there are no greys. Our Countryside Officer, Ali Rasey, said: Unless it was a captive escapee, it wasn’t a red squirrel. However I have seen gingery/brown looking grey squirrels recently . .
Unofficially we are always open to opinions, ideas and discussion. Please leave us a comment below:
Red Squirrel: Birdphotos.com, Wikimedia Commons
Grey Squirrel: Peter Trimming, Flickr