Red Squirrel Distributions
The Project Area: The Trust have historically focussed work on the island of Anglesey with grey squirrel control within a narrow part of Gwynedd close to the Menai Straits. With red squirrels having crossed the sea channel, we now co-ordinate red squirrel conservation in an extensive part of northern Gwynedd.
Anglesey: Red squirrels can be found in many woodlands on Anglesey. The strongholds are the coniferous plantations of Newborough and Pentraeth forests which together contain 200-300 adult red squirrels. Elsewhere red squirrels are in Penrhos Coastal Park (Holy Island), Dulas estate, woodlands around Benllech and Mynydd Bodafon, Carreglwydgrey estate, Plas Newydd, Menai Bridge, woodlands and parks in Beaumaris, and in smaller woodlands in the centre and South East of Anglesey.
Gwynedd: Red squirrels recolonised woodlands on the mainland side of the Menai Strait in 2009 and today small populations are found in Treborth gardens, Faenol estate, the Penrhosgarnedd area of Bangor with occasional sightings being recorded towards the Ogwen valley.
Elsewhere in South and North East Wales the remaining populations are found in extensive upland spruce dominated plantations. This means that Anglesey and Gwynedd are exceptional because not only are red squirrels found in native broadleaved habitats dominated by oak, hazel and ash, but they are a common sight in many suburban gardens and parks.
Report sightings: We rely on people reporting red squirrels to monitor population distributions, and so if you have seen a red (or indeed grey squirrel) locally please use the sightings page to report it. We have recently mapped the red squirrel sightings sent to us and these show clusters in Newborough, Menai Bridge and Plas Newydd. If you see a red squirrel please let us know, and if you take a picture we will post the photograph on our gallery