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The Alverstone Mead Squirrels

Published February 22nd, 2012

At Alverstone Mead, on the Isle of Wight, live the elusive red squirrels. Once common throughout England; in southern England, these cheery characters can now only be found on the islands. Visits, in Nov/Dec 2011, enabled me to identify 11 individual squirrels.



From my home base, it takes me at least three and a half hours to reach Alverstone Mead. So far, each visit has been worthwhile. Whilst these are technically 'wild' squirrels, several generations have got used to coming to the wildlife hide, where they know that food will be available. So far, four different squirrels have taken food from my hand, and one is particularly bold; he features in several of my photographs.

"Blimey, what's that?"

At the Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve, the squirrel was expecting to see hazelnuts; he got a shock!

  • December 27th, 2011
  • SONY SLT-A65V
  • 135mm / f/2.2 / 1/200 sec

Studious Squirrel

Hard at work, at the Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve.

  • February 4th, 2012
  • SONY SLT-A65V
  • 135mm / f/2.5 / 1/250 sec

And ..... Pose!

Foraging squirrel at the Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve.

  • January 7th, 2012
  • SONY SLT-A65V
  • 135mm / f/3.2 / 1/500 sec

The Last Hazelnut

Seen at the Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve. Having fed the squirrels, I thought that one might like to pose beside my last hazelnut.

  • December 6th, 2011
  • SONY SLT-A65V
  • 85mm / f/2.8 / 1/320 sec

Sitting on the Fence

Seen at the Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve.

  • December 6th, 2011
  • SONY SLT-A65V
  • 85mm / f/4 / 1/100 sec

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dimashenko
Dmitry Solomashenko (inactive)  over 4 years ago
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Great shots, wonderful
PeterGTrimming
Peter Trimming  over 4 years ago
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Many thanks, Dmitry.