Tracking Red Squirrels in Mid Wales

Red Squirrel by Becca Vincent

Red Squirrel by Becca Vincent

Red Squirrel by Jon Hawkins

Red Squirrel by Jon Hawkins

There have been reports of red squirrels in Pantyfedwen woodland, near to Pontrhydfendigaid, as well as in forestry near to Rhandirmwyn.   Both of these sightings are exciting, as there has not been a report of red squirrels in either of these locations for several years.

Our dedicated volunteers are following these sightings up.  In Pontrhydfendigaid, Chris Harris has moved the trail cam and feeder to the location where a Vincent Wildlife Trust trail cam caught a red on camera.

Local Coordinator Matthew Hand has spent many hours over the past 2 years trapping greys in local woodland near Rhandirmwyn in an attempt to encourage reds to return.  Last winter Matthew erected and monitored a camera trap in this woodland to try to get a red squirrel on camera; unfortunately there were no signs of any red squirrels.  However, this summer a new arrival to the village spotted 2 reds in the same woodland. Matthew was delighted (but also fuming that it wasn't him who spotted the reds first!)  Matthew has resurrected his camera trap and hopes to get a Rhandirmwyn red squirrel on camera really soon. The trail camera above Llanddewi Brefi is still having regular visits by one, rather plump, red squirrel.

Although we were hoping that the size of this individual might have indicated that it was a pregnant female, this squirrel is still visiting the feeder, and is still a good weight! The red squirrel that has been visiting the feeder near Llanfair Clydogau for some time has been the focus of media attention over the summer months.