Paradise Park

Wildlife Sanctuary • Cornwall

Events and things to do throughout the year including Easter Egg Hunts, summer flying displays, Quiz trails around the Park, Halloween Pumpkin Trail and more.

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Make it a birthday to remember with your choice of four themed party rooms with the birthday child’s name displayed on the door.

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Latin Name: Sciurus vulgaris
Status: Least Concern
Food: Tree seeds and buds, flowers and shoots of both deciduous and coniferous trees. Other foods include fruits, berries, caterpillars and fungi.
Population: Around 120,000 in the UK
Distribution: Uk and Europe
Interesting Fact: Red squirrels are about half the size of a grey squirrel, weighing approximately 250g instead of 500g.

Red Squirrel

Our Red Squirrels came originally from the Welsh Mountain Zoo and have produced young regularly.

In Britain Red Squirrels only survive in isolated pockets, but conservation schemes are helping them to recover. Some of our young have been included in a scheme on Anglesey, and planting large areas of trees, including Scots pine, larch and spruce is taking place as they provide the best food.

The main reason they became rare was the introduction in 1876 of the dominant Grey Squirrel, but also woodland disturbance and viral diseases.

Squirrels make a nest of twigs and leaves which is called a ‘drey’. The Cornwall Red Squirrel Project aims to bring them back to Cornwall, so in future you may see squirrels bred here scampering around local woods.

We find that the squirrels have very active periods each morning and afternoon, but are usually sound asleep at midday.

The red squirrel population in the UK stands at about 120,000 individuals. Of these 75% are in Scotland. By comparison there are estimated to be 3 to 5 million grey squirrels in the UK.



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