Snaizeholme Red Squirrel Trail
Hawes, North Dales

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Snaizeholme Red Squirrel Trail is a nature reserve dedicated to preserving the rare red squirrel. A special viewing area has been set up to allow visitors to observe these delightful creatures in their natural habitat without disturbing them.

The sight of a native Red Squirrel in Britain has become quite rare since the introduction of its larger cousin, the Grey Squirrel, back in the eighteenth century. The population of the Red Squirrel declined in past years due to disease and lack of food. Another influence on their decline has been the changes in the natural environment caused by humans. However that has now begun to change and there are many schemes and conservation plans going ahead to encourage the Red Squirrel to breed once again.

The Yorkshire Dales area is playing an important part in the conservation plans, as the National Park Authority has designated a total of sixteen woodlands and reserves to protect and preserve the remaining population. The Snaizeholme Red Squirrel Trail is just one of them, and a special viewing site with a feeding station has been created by a clearing in the middle of the dense coniferous woodland of Widdale Red Squirrel Reserve. 

Apart from catching sight of the elusive reds the woodland is teeming with other wildlife and lucky visitors can expect to see deer, rabbits, small mammals and numerous species of birds and insects.  The trail itself covers a distance of fifteen kilometres (just over nine miles) of rough and sometimes slippery terrain which is not recommended for inexperienced walkers. The trail pack includes maps, compass reference points and instructions for accessing the viewing area, starting from and returning to the village of Hawes...

 

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