At Mayfields we are delighted to be part of the East Anglian Red Squirrel Group.
We have three dedicated red squirrel breeding enclosures housing up to two pairs at a time, including a viewing enclosure next to the Bird Hide.
The red squirrel was once a common sight in the UK, but for decades as numbers have decreased due to the greys, it is now protected in most of Europe. Whilst you are still able to see red squirrels in the wild in locations such as Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Northumberland and the Lake District, the population in the UK is thought to be as low as 120000, with about 3/4 of those squirrels residing in Scotland, according to The Wildlife Trust.
Our red squirrels at Mayfields mainly feed on a diet that includes seeds, nuts and fresh fruit and vegetables. Red squirrels usually shed their coats twice a year, switching to a darker, thicker coat in winter. They mate twice a year, usually in February/March and June/July. The average size of a litter is 3-4 kittens, but can be as large as 6. The gestation periods is 38-39 days. The nest of a squirrel is known as a drey and they live an average 3 years, although in captivity they have been known to live for 10 years.
If you would like to arrange a visit to see our red squirrels please contact us for more information.