One of the objectives of the John Muir Trust Award is learning about the local area. We live on the Isle of Wight, and because of our Island position, we have a lot of red squirrels. We’re one of the few places where red squirrels thrive in the wild. In fact, we’re so serious about our squirrels that it’s against the law to bring a grey squirrel onto the island!  I was looking for a fun way to learn about red squirrels, and created a puzzle as a different and interactive way of making notes about red squirrels.Red Squirrel Printable Crossword

Red squirrels (sciurus vulgaris) are a lot like grey squirrels, but they can range from vivid ginger to dark brown in colour. They are endangered and protected by law, and are generally only found in a few places in the wild – one of those is the Isle of Wight. Red squirrels are smaller than grey squirrels, which puts them at risk from the grey squirrels.

Red squirrels eat mostly hazelnuts, but also beech and chestnuts. They also eat the insides right out of conifer cones. They enjoy fungi, berries and young shoots too. They usually live in dreys high up in trees and use their claws to help them grip the branches.

A red squirrel can start breeding when it is one year old, and can live for up to ten years, though they often don’t survive their first year. The average age of a squirrel in the wild is six years.

The most famous red squirrel is Squirrel Nutkin from the Beatrix Potter stories.

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Curriculum links:

Sc2/2.1b    identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
Sc2/2.1c    identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats

Sc6/2.1a    describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals

Also have a look at our worksheets for:

Forest Spotter Guide

Layers of the Forest

Who Lives in the Forest Layers

Small Mammals Footprints and Food

Bird Sounds (coming soon) 

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