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National Trust Red Squirrel
reserve in Formby,
Freshfield, Merseyside, England. U.K.
Famous residents of Formby are the red squirrels that live in the pinewoods and the local area. The National Trust Squirrel reserve is situated at the end of Victoria Road next to the beach.
Red squirrels build large nests, called dreys, often in
the forks of tree trunks. They are usually solitary,
only coming together to mate. But they do not mind
social interactions and related squirrels will share
dreys to keep warm during cold winter months. Reds range
widely, especially when looking for mates.
Large area of beach, sand dunes and pine woods. Stunning stretch of unspoilt coastline. Long sandy beaches and attractive pine woods. The red squirrels are used to visitors and will come quite close for peanuts which can be bought at the reserve.
This wonderful stretch of unspoilt coastline set between the sea and Formby town offers miles of walks through the woods and dunes. There are interesting plants and birds to be found. Victoria Road, Freshfield, Formby is a popular access point for The National Trust, Red Squirrel reserve and beach. Parking is available adjacent to the reserve and at the end of the road there is a large unpaved car park for easier beach access, the beach from the car park is about 100 yards. The traffic frequently clogs up the whole of the area.
There is real concern for the survival of these rare creatures. The numbers are diminishing at an alarming rate due the return of a virulent strain of 'squirrel pox'. The red squirrel is native to Britain, but its future is increasingly uncertain as the introduced American grey squirrel expands its range across the mainland. There are estimated to be only 140,000 red squirrels left in Britain, with over 2.5 million greys. The Forestry Commission is working with partners in projects across Britain to develop a long-term conservation strategy that deters greys and encourages reds.