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In Search of Some Reds

September 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
On Thursday we visited the National Trust property at Formby in Lancashire. Visiting our local RSPB reserves we normally end up photographing grey squirrels as these photogenic little creatures make the most of the free food on offer. Formby has the much rarer red squirrels and we decided on a visit to see if we could spot some.
Pine WoodlandPine WoodlandNational Trust - Formby, Liverpool, Lancashire
The squirrels have their own walk “Formby Red Squirrel Walk” but the property has walks through the woodland and sand dunes down to the sea. Our walk took us through the pine woodlands planted up in the 1800’s and past small fields where asparagus was once cultivated. The woods turn from pine to deciduous woodland known as Nicotine Wood. In the 1950’s and 1960’s thousands of tonnes of tobacco leaf waste were dumped here. 
Nicotine WoodNicotine WoodNational Trust - Formby, Liverpool, Lancashire
The woodlands give way to more open ground before reaching the sand dunes and eventually views of the beach and the Irish Sea.
Irish SeaIrish SeaNational Trust - Formby, Liverpool, Lancashire
After a walk along the beach we headed back to the main “Red Squirrel Walk”. There were lots of reds about but they don’t sit still for long and you have to be very quick on the shutter release button if you don’t want a blur of red fur as you chosen subject heads up the nearest pine tree. 
Red SquirrelRed SquirrelNational Trust - Formby, Liverpool, Lancashire
 

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