The Red Squirrel is the UK's only truly native squirrel. It is now present mainly in Scotland. It has been driven
out of much of England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the introduced American Grey Squirrel which carries the squirrel-pox
virus to which the Red has no immunity.
Red Squirrel with hazel nut.
The Red Squirrel is smaller than the Grey but has the same nut hoarding/burying habits. It seems to be less likely to plunder birds nests.
The Red Squirrel is also present over much of temperate Eurasia.
Some, as above, have a darker red coat. Tail colour also varies -- see linked page.