HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5
based on 14719 customer reviews on Feefo.
Feefo Platinum Award Feefo logo

Anglesey Red Squirrels

Posted by Luci Ackers on 20 March 2017
Related property: Henllys
Anglesey Red Squirrels

Reds v Greys

The stunning red squirrel is native to England and it's always a special sight to spot one of these cheeky critters scampering through our woodlands. Unfortunately this is becoming an increasingly rare occurrence as the last century has seen a dramatic decrease in their numbers.

The reason for the widespread decline across Britain can be attributed to two main factors: the destruction of habitat, and the introduction of the grey squirrel from America. It is estimated by the Forestry Commission that there are now as few as 140,000 red squirrels left in Britain compared to the 2.5 million grey squirrels.

The reds favour coniferous woodlands but with new developments forcing deforestation of large areas, it is unsurprising that the squirrels are suffering for it. In addition to this the grey squirrels are a hardier species and compete for food and habitat. They carry the squirrelpox virus which is harmless to them but deadly to the reds.

A grey squirrel sat at the base of a tree

So what's being done?

Remedial measures are being put into place. Because the reds and the greys can't cohabit in the long term conservation techniques include providing safe environments for the red squirrels. Various groups and charities such as the Wildlife Trusts and the Red Squirrel Trust have been established to try to help. In fact, efforts have just been stepped up a gear as 5,000 volunteers are being recruited from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to help with the conservation projects. The Wildlife Trusts will focus their army of volunteers on nine major red squirrel strongholds and participants will be monitoring the animals, setting up cameras and carrying out surveys.

Anglesey, Wales

One of the nine locations is north Wales and we are really proud to be located close to (and helping to support) the population of red squirrels on the Isle of Anglesey here at Henllys. Situated off the north-west coast of Wales, the Isle of Anglesey is perfect for red squirrels because it is cut off from the mainland by the Menai Strait. It has been targeted as a squirrel conservation zone for many years now and, following a successful eradication of the greys, the island's squirrel occupants now consist solely of reds. And they are really flourishing! In fact, 60% of Welsh red squirrels can now be found on the island.

Anglesey red squirrel eating

It was in the 1990s that conservation projects were set up to raise numbers back to what they once were on Anglesey. Dr. Craig Shuttleworth is a director for the Red Squirrel Trust Wales and Scientific Advisor for the Red Squirrel Survival Trust. He worked hard to increase numbers on the island from less than 40 to around 700. Eradication of the grey squirrels, combined with a reintroduction programme set the wheels in motion and his work releasing the final kittens was covered by the BBC in 2013's series of Aumnwatch.

Henllys on TV

This area around north Wales is great for their favourite coniferous woodland, which is why the squirrels were once so widespread here. It means that the woods around Henllys are perfect for the animals and the conservation programme originally saw six red squirrels released in Henllys' surroundings back in 2007. Now more than 300 are thriving happily in the combined areas of Newborough and Pentraeth forests alone. We can proudly say that the Red Squirrel Trust, together with the help from Henllys, have reintroduced red squirrels to the south-east corner of Anglesey. Back in 2015 Dr. Craig Shuttleworth was filmed by an ITV film crew revisiting Henllys and talking about his important work.

Interview about anglesey red squirrels

Explore our woodland

Henllys' woodland is a great place to spot these nimble little creatures and weekly woodland guided walks and nature talks are provided for the guests by the site woodsman David Morrison. The idea is to encourage a greater appreciation for the red squirrels and to develop understanding for the need to protect them. If you wander through the lovely woodland you will come across viewing platforms and feeding stations from which to get a better view.

Anglesey webcam

If you still want to get closer to the squirrels, or perhaps don’t want to brave the worst of the Welsh weather, you can also view webcam footage on the Red Squirrel Trust Wales Website. These are frequently updated with some of the closest and up-to-date footage of the squirrels, as well as glimpses of these wonderful animals in other parts of the country.

filming crew recording red squirrels at Anglesey

In the future

The Menai Strait acts as a natural barrier between the two squirrel species, however now that the population has done so well on the island, they are starting to move across and colonise the mainland too, which is great news! Gwynedd, on the mainland side of the Menai Strait is seeing more and more red squirrels appearing in its woodlands. Red Squirrels United, a collective group of 30 wildlife organisations, has started to put control methods in place for the Gwynedd greys. The hope is that they'll be prevented from recolonising in order to allow the reds a chance to expand.

We're really lucky to be located in this part of the country where it's so easy to spot such beautiful and rare creatures in local gardens, parkland and woodlands. It gives us great pride to be able to help support red squirrel conservation, providing a sustainable environment for them and offering our guests the opportunity to see them on site in their natural habitat.

Anglesey forest walk


Where can I see red squirrels in Anglesey?

Anglesey’s population of red squirrels has grown exponentially over recent years, and the charming creatures can be found right across the island. However, the original home of the squirrels, and still one of the best places to find them, is the Newborough National Nature Reserve and Forest, located 40 minutes from Henllys.

What is the best time of day to see red squirrels?

You have the best chance to spotting red squirrels if you go out in the morning.

What time of year can you see red squirrels?

See if you can see red squirrels on your autumn holiday. With fewer leaves on the trees, its much easier to see them running from branch to branch, hunting for food to last the winter.

Find out how you can stay at Henllys yourself by entering your details at the bottom of the page to receive a free brochure.

Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

How can I find out more?

The Holiday Property Bond could do as much for your quality of life as it has done for many thousands of families who have already invested. That's why we invite you to get in touch with us in any of these 3 ways and please don't forget our unique 'Money back promise' and 'interest free loan' options.

Request our brochure Speak to a representative Explore one of our UK sites

Please request our fully illustrated holiday property brochure

Please read "How HPB works" and then we will be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, and your FREE copy of Insight Magazine. See the beautiful holiday homes and magnificent locations where you can spend your holidays as a Bondholder and learn how impressed Bondholders have been by our handling of the problems caused by coronavirus.

Please complete and submit the form or, alternatively, telephone our FREE brochure request line on 0800 230 0391

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Postcode *  
Telephone number
How did you hear about us?

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers. Details of how we use the information you provide are in our privacy policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields
HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 14719 customer reviews on Feefo.

You can speak to one of our representatives

Your local HPB representative will be happy to call or video call you at a convenient time for an informal chat. Simply fill in your details and we'll do the rest.

Most of our representatives are Bondholders themselves and all have visited a number of Bond sites.

The representative will give you all the information you need and then leave you to make up your own mind. He or she will talk to you about your holiday requirements and what level of investment is needed to secure the kind of holidays you want.

Video chat now available with a local representative

This request is for new enquiries only, if you are an existing Bondholder please contact us via myBond.

How should we contact you? *  
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Telephone number *  
Post code *  
Preferred Date/Time
Preferred Date/Time 2
Preferred Date/Time 3
Please contact me to arrange a date

Your local representative will contact you to confirm the date and time.

Date/Time *  
How did you hear about us?
Chosen date (choose above) *
Chosen time (choose above) *

We will use the details you provide above for a representative to contact you. Details of how we use the information you provide are in our privacy policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields

Receive a free £20 M&S gift card when you find out more...

Have a Private Tour, Personal Presentation, Video Call or Home Appointment between 1st - 31st May 2024 and we’ll give you a free £20 M&S gift card to thank you.

...And you could double your Holiday Points for your first year!

Become a Bondholder by 31st May and we’ll enter your details into our Prize Draw for your chance to double your Holiday Points for your first year.

These extra points are for one use only. You can redeem them on holiday accommodation where and when you wish, but they will not be renewed once you have used them. Your local representative will give you full details of this offer.

See our stunning holiday properties for yourself

Having a Private Tour at an HPB holiday location is an enjoyable way to see the high standards of furnishings and facilities you could enjoy with HPB. One of our representatives will show you around the site and answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you are welcome to book a Personal Presentation at a hotel near you. You can chat to one of our representatives, ask your questions and view the complete portfolio of HPB locations.


This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited (HPBM), the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM. HPB is issued by HPB Assurance Limited (HPBA) registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited, registered at Jubilee Buildings, Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2SH. The Securities Adviser is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London W1H 6LR. No medical examination is required.

HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA. Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies.