Red Squirrels & Squirrel Safari
There's probably no better place on the Isle of Wight, if not England to see these beautiful, yet endangered species.
The Island provides one of England’s only sanctuaries for our native Red Squirrel. These endearing mammals have been driven from much of the country by American Grey squirrels that out compete with the Red’s for food and also pass on diseases.
However the Solent provides a watery barrier that prevents Grey squirrels invading Island territory and thus the Red Squirrel survives undisturbed.
Robin Hill is no doubt one of the best places to see Red Squirrels on the Island. We have large areas of ancient woodland that makes an ideal home for them to feed and shelter and with so many visitors wandering through every year; the squirrels aren’t quite as shy as elsewhere.
We are working in conjunction with our local charity, The Wight Squirrel Project to protect these creatures and promote their plight to all Island visitors. Every Friday at 3.30pm we hold a Red Squirrel Safari, a free walk and talk by Helen Butler and Mike Evans from the project who will lead you around the woodland and hopefully guide you to a live sighting or two. Please call ahead of your visit if the weather is very inclement as the safari can be cancelled due to heavy rain or wind.
Also look out for our Red Squirrel Hot Spots that give you an indication of the best places in the park to see our Squirrels.
We’ve also installed a viewing hide and we have Squirrel cameras transmitting live footage from our Squirrel feeding stations back to our Tree house Woodland Centre. So all in all, you really should come to Robin Hill if you want to see and learn about these agile mammals. Nowhere else will you get such a great chance to see one outside of captivity in the British Isles unless you visit Scotland.
For more information and to download our Red Squirrel fact sheet (pdf) please click here. Please bring it with you as it may help you spot one as you walk around the woodland!
Thanks to Chris Boynton from Island Photo Art for all our Red Squirrel images. Prints are available at the Robin Hill gift shop.