Hop on a bike"to spy a red squirrel"

For nature and wildlife lovers, the Lake District is arguably the jewel in England's crown, but it is also the place to come to if you fancy your chances of glimpsing the native, endangered red squirrel. There are just a small handful of places in the country where you can spot a red squirrel in their natural habitat, and the Lake District is one of the lucky few.

The red squirrel is a pretty timid creature, so you will need to keep your eyes peeled to spot one. When out walking or cycling in the Lake District, stop and take a look up in the trees, and you might just see a red squirrel jumping from branch to branch. Make sure to keep your camera at the ready!

For those staying in a B and B in Windermere, such as the Hawksmoor Guest House, you may even peek a red squirrel right on your doorstep. There have been a number of recent sightings of red squirrels around Windermere, even in the centre of the town around Ellerthwaite Square. This is great news for conservationists, as red squirrels have not previously been spotted in Windermere for about 16 years.

If you don't manage to catch a glimpse of a red squirrel during your stay in Windermere, all is not lost. Just make sure to head to the nearby World of Beatrix Potter, where you are guaranteed to see another famous squirrel resident of the Lake District, Squirrel Nutkin!

Posted by Hawksmoor Admin