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Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris Length 35-45cm Britain’s native squirrel. Adult has compact body with large head, tufted ears and bushy tail. In summer, coat is mainly orange-brown with creamy white underparts; tail bleaches paler with time. In winter, coat is thicker and darker on back; ear tufts more pronounced. Utters chattering calls. Formerly widespread in Britain prior to introduction of Grey Squirrel; now common only in N in mature conifer forests with a few southern outposts (eg Thetford Forest in Norfolk, Isle of Wight and Brownsea Island, Dorset.