Searching for the Red Squirrel on the Isle of Wight

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Isle of Wight is one of the very few places in the UK that you can spot a red squirrel. This is due to the fact that the grey squirrels were never introduced there and so the red squirrels could thrive.

While on the Isle of Wight, we wanted to see if we can spot one and in fact, we spotted a few, but it takes a lot of patience and quiet, both of which Dot struggled with!

We tried a few different places on the Isle. Here are our favourite places that you can try and find the elusive red squirrels:

Fort Victoria Country Park

Fort Victoria Country Park is located on the north shore of the island near Freshwater. Behind the
Fort, is a woodland walk that takes you through some beautiful scenery. There are a few benches and
even a clearing where you might spot a red squirrel or two. Although we could hear them, we didn't see any. We did have a very enjoyable walk along the trail though :)

Parkhurst Forest 

Parkhurst Forest can be found near Newport. It has some lovely walks as well as a squirrel hide that is easy to get to, so it is a perfect place to spot a red squirrel.


Borthwood Copse

Located near Winford, this looks like a small place, but after a quick walk, it opens on to a lovely clearing that has quite a lot of paths shooting off it. We were very lucky to be able to see some red squirrels jumping from branch to branch, but they were too fast for my camera!

Shanklin Chine

Located in the heart of Shanklin, Shanlkin Chine is a stunning gorge lined with ferns and trees and has been over 10,000 years in the making! At the bottom of the gorge, near the tea room, there is a little path that leads you up to a squirrel hide.

Rylstone Gardens

Above Shanklin Chine and near the top of the coastal path to the sea, is a small park and a really lovely family-run tea garden. Although it's the summer, it wasn't overly busy when we visited and we happened to see two different squirrels! One of which just appeared on the grass right next us as we arrived in the gardens!

We were very lucky that we saw a couple of squirrels on our search, although they were too elusive for our camera! We also had some very lovely walks and made some great memories!
Hopefully, if you visit these places you too may spot a red squirrel or two :)


  1. Red squirrels are beautiful, you did so well to catch a glimpse! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  2. We just got back from the IoW but we didn't go searching for red squirrels :( we'll have to go back! Thanks for linking up with #Blogstravaganza