We are very fortunate to have a healthy presence of red squirrels at Aigas. They have adopted our Scots pine woodland as their home and scamper around the wider estate. We get regular sightings of our native tree dwelling rodent at the newest hide on the Aigas estate, as well as around the gardens and guest lodges.
Sadly, our local red squirrel population regularly risk crossing the main road to harvest the abundant hazelnut crop on the banks of the River Beauly, which runs through Strathglass. Crossing roads can be a perilous journey for any animal so, working with the local council, we have erected thick ropes across the road to give the squirrels a high level crossing and hopefully avoid road kill.
In association with the Aigas Community Forest, we have applied for a license to translocate some reds from elsewhere, to boost our local population and increase the genetic diversity of the local gene pool.