These amazing Red Squirrel photographs were all taken by guests whilst on holiday in Cotterdale. The Red Squirrels were photographed in our holiday cottage gardens Hawes.
Wildlife, simply sit back in the comfort of your holiday cottage garden and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Cotter Beck cascading along the end of the garden, it is a haven for wildlife with many species of birds! We are extremely lucky to also have a family of 5 red squirrels which come into the gardens daily to feed and play. The family have been living here for many years and in 2010 they added a new addition to their family. We received some great news in March 2011 a new family of red squirrels arrived in Cotterdale and they seem to be getting along just fine. You will also see many species of birds and butterflies. It's truly a magical location!!!
Videos of Red Squirrels that play in our holiday cottage gardens Cotterdale Hawes.
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The red squirrel is the only native species of squirrel in the country, but it is now under serious threat from the larger grey squirrel, introduced from North America in the late 1800s. Not only does the grey squirrel out-compete its red cousin for food, but it also carries the squirrel pox virus – greys are immune but it can be fatal to reds.
The importance of the Yorkshire Dales for red squirrels is now widely recognized since the Hawes and Sedbergh areas are part of the Yorkshire Dales Red Squirrel Stronghold. This is home to some of the few remaining populations of red squirrels in the north of England, with all efforts being made to protect them by local volunteers (www.northernredsquirrels.org.uk) and government agencies (www.rsne.org.uk).
Northern Red Squirrels
North Red Squirrels is an umbrella group that has been created to unite all independent voluntary groups and individuals that are working to help save our red squirrels from extinction in the North. It is a 'network of voluntary action' that will share news, ideas and best practice. Each member, however, remains completely independent to allow it to address issues within its own area in the most appropriate way. Since its launch in March 2008, Northern Red Squirrels has attracted over forty independent voluntary groups and individuals to join forces and the number is still rising.
There is little doubt that without the efforts of these volunteers, there would be fewer areas in the north that are still inhabited by red squirrels. However, in the last year or two, some areas have lost their red squirrel populations as greys have taken over. With additional voluntary help, further losses can be prevented. Hence, Northern Red Squirrels also exists to provide information, advice and guidance to enable others to get involved in conservation efforts.
If you would like to become involved please visit the link below for information or contact Jackie Foott Sedbergh Red Squirrel Group Tel: 015396 25453.
We do have a collection box in both of our holiday cottages which we forward to Sedbergh Red Squirrel Group.
Snaizeholme red squirrel viewpoint in Hawes
The Snaizeholme red squirrel viewing area lies in the heart of the Widdale Red Squirrel Reserve. Although coniferous woodland is ideal habitat for red squirrels, they can be difficult to see in such densely planted woodlands. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority worked with the local landowner, Hugh Kemp, to create a red squirrel viewing area for the public.
The viewpoint and surrounding woodland offer an excellent chance of getting superb views of red squirrels as they visit a feeder in a woodland clearing. With luck you may also see roe deer, along with a variety of woodland birds such as siskin, lesser redpoll and perhaps even a common crossbill.