Red Squirrel Appreciation Day

Residents at Oaklands enjoyed an afternoon celebrating Red Squirrel Day, taking part in a choice of activities on offer. Everyone liked listening to the interesting facts about the red squirrels, doing a word search and filling in a word sheet.

We’ve learnt some interesting facts: did you know that grey squirrels carry a disease (parapoxvirus) which does not appear to affect their health but often kills red squirrels? When red squirrels are put under pressure they will not breed as often, but usually they produce 2-3 young, called kittens in February to April and they often produce a second litter from May to June. Only 20%-50% of red squirrel kittens survive to adulthood.

Some of the residents chose an art and craft session using a squirrel template gluing on leaves for its tail then colouring in the squirrel. All agreed that it was a fun and interesting afternoon.

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