Spot the red squirrel – Low Mill visitors get a rare glimpse of native species

Where's that squirrel? Low Mill visitors think they might just have spotted it.

By Betsy Everett

Pupils from the Half Acres Primary Academy in Castleford, West Yorkshire, caught a first-hand glimpse of a rare red squirrel on their annual outdoor education visit to the Low Mill Outdoor Centre in Askrigg.

Their trip to the Snaizeholme red squirrel trail near Hawes was part of the week-long programme of activities which also included caving, gorge-walking and abseiling.

Head of Centre Terry Hailwood said the outdoor activities enjoyed by all visitors to Low Mill, young and older, was not just about strenuous activities, important though they are.
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“It’ also means learning about the space and environment the activities take place in, and creating that awareness and respect for the natural world around them.  We are incredibly lucky to have  the Snaizeholme squirrel trail virtually on our doorstep.

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“These young students had the opportunity to see their native red squirrel in a natural environment and learn about habitat conflict and other invasive species. They would not have that direct experience at home, and in fact many children across the country will never have it.

“We like to think we help create memories for life and that in future years when they’re asked where they saw their first red squirrel they’ll say ‘On a visit with Low Mill to the Snaizeholme squirrel trail.’ It’s something I think you never forget,” said Terry.

On the look out – children from Half Acres Academy, Castleford