Red Squirrels in the Nant y Pandy Nature Reserve in Llangefni
by Wil from Anglesey Hidden Gem
Nant y Pandy Dingle Nature Reserve Boardwalk Llangefni
Dear Gentle Reader
The odds of seeing a Red Squirrel in the Dingle Boardwalk in Llangefni is about 50% I would say – going on my own experience. So, if you are visiting Anglesey this coming October Week then you should be in luck.
What is really wonderful for the sighting is that they are generally close enough to be able to see head movement as they prepare to launch themselves from tree branch to tree branch. I have been enjoying Autumn this year more than in a long time as responsibilities are being assumed by others. So there we find ourselves, me watching the Red Squirrel and it me.
The boardwalk leads you through this delightful woodland of deciduous and pine trees and there is always something or other rustling through the undergrowth and crunching the fallen leaves to intrigue your imagination.
The best places to spot a Red Squirrel are along the boardwalk and in the woodland path beyond. There is also a fair chance that you’ll see one further along toward the Cefni Reservoir.
I have been told that Climate Change may well be changing the Winter behaviour of squirrels among many animals with their being more active across the entire winter period. Therefore, it stands to reason that whatever time of year you choose to visit the Nant y Pandy Nature Reserve in Llangefni that you will encounter one of our most popular Anglesey russet inhabitants and very close neighbours.
Go back a dozen years and your chances of seeing an Anglesey Red Squirrel were zero. If I average my visits sightings over this summer and now Autumn then I see around 1.33 cute critters per visit.
Not bad, eh?
Remember that you can also make sightings in Newborough Forest, Llyn Parc Mawr and Mynydd Llwydiarth in Pentraeth.
Wil from Anglesey Hidden Gem