Rare golden squirrel spotted at Center Parcs

Will new sighting create a gold rush to Nottinghamshire? Sherwood Forest has achieved ‘wildlife Olympic gold’ according to experts, as a rare golden squirrel has been spotted at the family hotspot. The creature, a distant cousin of the much-loved red squirrel, is part of the Sciurus shiniest family and hasn’t been seen in England for […]

Will new sighting create a gold rush to Nottinghamshire?

Meet Bullion, Sherwood Forest's newest resident
Meet Bullion, Sherwood Forest’s newest resident

Sherwood Forest has achieved ‘wildlife Olympic gold’ according to experts, as a rare golden squirrel has been spotted at the family hotspot.

The creature, a distant cousin of the much-loved red squirrel, is part of the Sciurus shiniest family and hasn’t been seen in England for more than 29 years after retreating to its warmer homeland and namesake, The Gold Coast of Africa.

Au naturel

Our new furry friend was first seen on Monday morning, by Center Parcs guest and amateur photographer, Dan Root. He says: “I was stood at the patio doors on Monday, eating my cornflakes when something caught my eye. I looked closer and realised it was gold and furry – it was a squirrel!

Dan Root points out the spot where he saw the squirrel
Dan Root points out the spot where he saw the squirrel

“He was just standing there on a grassy log, au naturel. I managed to grab my camera and quickly take a snap. I’d struck photography gold.”

Golden squirrels are distinctly heavier and typically longer than its grey and red counterparts, with an average and body length of 25cm. They are famously known for their elusive and introverted nature.

Diet of distinction

Kev Gustard, Senior Conservation Ranger at Sherwood Forest says it’s a real coup for the Village: “My team and I have only seen the little fella once since Monday; he’s very shy. We’ve taken a real shine to him and nicknamed him Bullion.”

“This species is a delight to see. Unlike other squirrels Bullion doesn’t eat nuts; he mostly nibbles on carats.”

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