During the winter, red squirrels’ coats can become quite dark, even grey. You can see this in the photo above from Sean Oleg of France. You can check out other cases of grey coats on red squirrels on our Facebook page.
We are very keen to hear from anyone who spots such a red squirrel and if you are not sure if it is red or grey, please let us know! The Highlands are red squirrel only as far as we know, but grey squirrels have crept into Highland before. This happened in 2008 in Milton of Leys outside Inverness, and the Isle of Skye in 2009. In both cases, the grey squirrels were trapped and dispatched. Please us the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels website to report any sightings.
We are very keen to keep the Highlands as a red squirrel stronghold, and the more people reporting squirrels, the better!