Squirrels on Anglesey

A squirrel on Anglesey by Duncan Rose

Duncan took these superb photographs of red squirrels while staying at Coed y Berclas. Reds squirrels are native to the British Isles, Grey squirrels are not. As Anglesey is an island it made it easier to remove the greys squirrels and allow the red squirrel community to thrive.

We have seen red squirrels in the grounds at Coed y Berclas, as have our neighbours. Reds are much more attractive than the greys which threatened their existence and are now increasing in number on the Island. We love to see them.

A squirrel on Anglesey by Duncan Rose

At Coed y Berclas, even when they haven’t been seen them for a while, we have evidence they’re around. There are little oak and hazel trees growing around the garden. As they are well away from any parent trees, the only explanation is that they were red squirrel stores which were forgotten. We will plant the trees in suitable spots where they can grow and supply food for later generations.

RAF T2 Hawks flying over Anglesey from Valley

Duncan also sent us an amazing image of two T2 Hawks at RAF Valley, which is towards the north-west of the island.

RAF Valley is a fighter pilot training base. It was placed on Anglesey because of the consistently clear weather. Sometimes we see jets flying high above the Menai Strait. We have even enjoyed the sight of the Red Arrows Display Team flying up the Nant Francon Valley towards us, weaving sky patterns and leaving coloured trails behind them.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, was based at RAF Valley as a helicopter pilot on Air Sea Rescue duty.

What a special photographer! Thank you, Duncan.

20th May 2016

Red squirrels on Anglesey

An Anglesey squirrel

10th Feb 2009

We had a visit today from Craig Shuttleworth of Menter Mon. He is responsible for overseeing the development of the Red Squirrel population on Anglesey and we’re pleased to note that these lovely creatures are well settled in Pentraeth Forest and Newborough Warren. Not only that, they’ve been seen very near to Coed y Berclas and we’re assured that it’s only a matter of time before they are seen in our woodland.I can’t wait! The last time I saw a red squirrel was on a visit to the Lake District in the early 1980s.

Menter Mon’s work is supported by the Red Squirrel Survival Trust which has Prince Charles as its Patron. It is vital the grey squirrel is kept away from red squirrel settlements. Not only do they out-compete they also bring with them a pox to which they are immune but which brings a lingering and painful death to the reds. Just imagine how lovely it will be to wander through woodland and know that at any moment we might catch a glimpse of one of Britain’s most endearing native creatures.


Posted: 2009-02-11