Today I took Josh and Jake to the National Trust run wood and beach at Formby Point.  It was a cold, but clear day and with a slight wind it blew the Christmas cobwebs away.  We went as we were interested in seeing some red squirrels.  However, we were disappointed as a sign told us that many of the red squirrels of Formby have died from Squirrel Pox.  80 carcasses have been found and many more are thought to be deed in their homes.

The National Trust are working with local people to try and get the outbreak under control by catching grey squirrels.  There is hope that the few remaining reds can breed again and the population can return to normal numbers soon.  I wish the National Trust and all those who are involved the best of luck as the red squirrel is an important and endangered native mammal.  You can click here for more info.

Walking along a road between the pine woods of Formby.

Walking along a road between the pine woods of Formby.

Notwithstanding the sad news about the red squirrel, we all had a great and exhausting day of beach and woodland walk.  I’ recommend it to anyone.

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