Explore the Red Squirrel Trail at Devilla

Forest Enterprise Scotland encourages everyone to visit Devilla woods this Autumn to explore the Red Squirrel Trail and spot Scotland’s native squirrel as they prepare for winter.

Autumn is a good time to enjoy a walk through the forest and spot red squirrels as they forage for nuts and seeds for the winter months. 

Unlike many animals, red squirrels do not hibernate which means they can be spotted throughout the year.  Despite their name, red squirrel fur can range from blonde or pale brown to grey or almost black.  

Jenny Ventham, Community Engagement Ranger, Forest Enterprise Scotland, said:

“The Scots Pine trees of Devilla make the perfect habitat for red squirrels which is why we created the Red Squirrel Trail.  The route takes visitors through open pine woodland, located around a beautiful loch, where there is every chance of seeing red squirrels.  This time of year is especially good to try and spot them as they stock up on food for the winter.  

“Red squirrels can be found across the world, however, it is only in Britain that they are threatened species.  We are working with conservation groups to support the red squirrel population and those who visit the woodland trail can help us by recording their sightings.”

Composed chiefly of Scots pine, Devilla Forest was planted in the 1950s, but the history of the area goes back much further.  Look out for relics of past times, including the plague grave, historic coffins, stone circles and Roman urns and a boulder said to have been carved by a witch’s apron strings. 

To find out more about Devilla woodland the Red Squirrel Trail please visit: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/devilla.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
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