Anglesey is reputed to be a great place to see Red Squirrels; but in all my visits, I've never seen one. I've not seen one for many years in fact, so when I read on social media a while ago of a place that was probably one of the best places to see them, I decided to go have a look.
I set off early, and arrived at 6:45.
Llyn Parc Mawr
A picnic area on the road from Newborough to Malltraeth in some woodland, with some farmland nearby.
I parked the car, and set off on one of the 'Red Squirrel Walks.'
I had the place practically to myself, an enjoyable walk through the woods,
with just the birds for company. No sign of any 'reds' though.
After a while the trail came to the edge of a lake.
No sign of any way to the edge though; there appeared to be a fence all the way round. A couple Oystercatchers were on one of the islands, some Mallards and Tufted Duck on the water, and a couple of flyover Buzzards.
After a while I carried on.
One of the many rides that had me thinking an ideal area for butterflies on a sunny day.
Eventually I arrived back at the car park ......................... and still no sign of any 'reds'.
A quick drink and a bite to eat, and I decided to explore the area round the car park.
Not far from the seating area I finally noticed the feeding stations that I'd heard about.
And then a 'red' came scurrying down a tree.
He stopped to pose for a picture,
and then made a bee line for the feeding box.
Pretty soon another came down from the tree tops, followed by a third. Quite a bit of activity as they ran up and down the trees; fascinating to watch, and not too far away.
A really great place, and worth another visit.