Monday, 2 October 2017

Red Squirrel walk at Aira Force

On Wednesday 27th of September a trial Red Squirrel walk and talk was held at Aira Force.

The event was held in partnership between the National Trust, Ullswater Steamers and Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group (PDRSG)

43 eager and excited years 1 & 2 children from Stainton Primary school arrived at Aira Force, where they were treated to an interesting and informative talk by Andrew and Julie from the PDRSG.

Once the children’s brains had been filled with all sorts of exciting squirrel facts they were taken on a tour of Aira Force by the National Trust Rangers, in hope of seeing one of our little furry friends.

We looked high; we looked low but sadly we did not see one. We believe we have about 6 pairs in Aira Force; unfortunately they didn’t want to come and play that sunny Wednesday morning. The best time to catch a sighting of a red is often at dusk or dawn when it is quieter and there are less people around.

All the children had fun though filling in their Red Squirrel trails as they walked around the path ways of Aira Force.

Once we had completed the tour, the children were then treated to a ride on the Ullswater Steamer from Aira Force to Glenridding, where they were each given a goody bag packed full of Red Squirrel memorabilia.

These talks will hopefully become a more regular event next year.


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