Scandinavian Mountains over 2000m - Flora & Fauna

Scandinavian Mountains over 2000 metres - James Baxter

Flora & FaunaMammals › Red Squirrel

Sciurus vulgaris, Red Squirrel, Ekorn. 20cm.

Red Squirrel
A common resident in the forested valleys around the massif and found down to farmed areas. They live in coniferous woodlands and eat pine and spruce seeds from the cones.

They also eat nuts, bark, fungi, berries and sometimes bird eggs and young. They store food when available to help them through the winter. They nest in dreys, which are 30cm spheres of twigs and moss built up trees. They do not hibernate. The sexes are alike but the female chases males at breeding.

They can live for 5 years.