Red Squirrel Trail
The red squirrel is native to Britain but is now only found in limited areas of the UK. The population has been in a steep decline since the introduction of the North American grey squirrel. It is estimated that there are 20 grey squirrels for every red squirrel and this gap is sadly widening.
Red squirrels are woodland dwellers and Appleby Castle is fortunate to have many red squirrels in the grounds. There is a red squirrel walk which starts at the Yew trees at the south eastern corner of the castle and winds its way around the grounds to overlook the ancient ford used to cross the River Eden in Roman times.
Red squirrels are very photogenic creatures. Photographers are welcome to enter the grounds and capture these delightful little creatures on film.
The red squirrel ranger regularly visits Appleby Castle to check on this endangered species that is happily flourishing in Appleby Castle.