Get our Wight Squirrel Project Observations App
It's easy to report your sightings on the go with our new mobile app!
1. From your App Store search for Epicollect5
2. Get Epicollect5
3. Install Epicollect5
4. Once installed (30 seconds) open the App
5. Tap + Add Project and search Wight Squirrel Observations
6. Tap Wight Squirrel Observations and then + Add entry
7. Allow location services for this app
8. If you are not at the same location as the squirrel when entering the record please note where you are in the comments field
9. After answering the questions then close and upload the data and image
10. Look for another squirrel!!
Red and grey squirrel identification guide
Unlike the American grey squirrels, whose colouring is pretty uniform, the red squirrel’s colouring is quite diverse. They may be ginger, brown, red, grey or a mixture of these colours as shown in these photos.
This can lead to a problem with identification. as red squirrels can have grey coats!! Tricky! Light levels and the distance away the 'grey' is seen can also change perception.
Here are a few ways to 'spot the difference'.
Firstly, size matters! An adult grey is nearly twice the size of an adult red and an altogether chunkier animal. A young grey squirrel could be the size of an adult red of course. In the winter, reds have the iconic long eartufts, greys never have long eartufts. Reds lose their eartufts in the summer.
A grey coloured red squirrel doesn't usually have a brindled coat as a grey does. If you can get a close look at a greys coat, it has 3 colours in it, white, black and a brownish red. To make matters worse, when a grey moults, it can look red for a short time!
Looking at the tail is a good way to identify between species. A grey squirrel's tail has the three colours in it. The bulk of the tail is red/brown with a band of black around it and then a halo of white, as shown in the photo below.
A red squirrel's tail – even those with a grey coat – does not have this distinctive banding
How you can help us
The easiest and most efficient way to offer financial help is to become a Friend of the Red Squirrel and set up a standing order with a donation.
We also need volunteers to help us with walks, events and delivering newsletters. Please contact us if you can help.
Feeding red squirrels helps their survival and provides hours of entertainment for you.
They need a variety of food, not just peanuts. Hazelnuts, filberts, pine nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, coconut and fruit will provide a varied and healthier diet. NEVER feed brazil nuts or fatballs!
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For each t-shirt bought, Wight Squirrel Project will get £4.50 towards funding
T-shirts cost £19.00
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