Fingers crossed that we are successful and that 2016 will see improved fortunes for the red squirrel population at Kelling Heath which brings great joy to the many visitors that look forward to seeing the squirrels and new kittens during their stay.2014 proved to be an exceptional year with the resident couple producing two litters over the course of the summer.Our resident male is now 8 years old which in squirrel years is quite old and sadly he may now no longer be able to reproduce.We are in discussions with the East Anglian Red Squirrel group to bring in a new male, but there is a shortage of them in the country.On a plus point, our male red may be old in years but he, together with the female red, are still very active in the enclosure delighting visitors to Kelling Heath with their antics.After the highs of last year, 2015 was not a great success for the breeding pair who did not produce any kittens during the year.
So as we end 2018 we have 3 kittens and our breeding pair.
During the autumn we moved the four kittens into the adjacent enclosureand and working with the red squirrel breeding group looked for new homes for them.
In mid-November one of the female kittens was taken to create a new breeding pair in the Themelthorpe enclosure.
In early February we agreed with Pensthorpe to swap one of the males for a female which we hope will breed with the remaining Kelling Heath male.
As the female was new to the enclosure we needed to keep them separated for a few days so the female was able to acclimatise to her new surroundings.