invisible audience

October 22, 2010 · 1 comment

in Birds, kidsMM, Mammals and Marsupials

Red Squirrel - Sciurus vulgaris   |   Mesmerising Moments

by Amy (13)

We stand and stare at the golden horse chestnut leaves and the sycamore seeds that turn and turn slowly in the breeze.

Our heads turn at some rustling – a grey squirrel holds a berry in his little hands and eats his lunch as if we are not there.

All of a sudden, a robin flits and perches on a tree stump in front of us. His brown eyes meet ours and he mutters something under his breath.

He then takes about searching the leaf litter for worms, undisturbed by out presence.

Me and my mum are mesmerised.

Today’s Mesmerising Moment is the fourth in the kidMM series.

There are two types of squirrel in the UK, the Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), originally from America, and the smaller native Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).

Red Squirrel populations are still in decline with an estimated population of 160,000 in small pockets around the UK. You can get involved by contacting your local Red Squirrel conservation group with recent sightings.

Find out more about Grey Squirrels and Red Squirrels on the Wildlife Trust website.

Photo credit: Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group

Read more about Charles the Red Squirrel who fell from his drey and rescued by the PDRSG.

If you’d like to contribute your Mesmerising Momentsget in touch – we’d love to share them.

Playing in nature is food for the soul.

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