How a £1 bag of Nuts brought Untold Pleasure!

Red Squirrels at Formby, Lancashire

We went to Formby Point in Lancashire to see the Red Squirrels. This is one of the very few places in the country that you can see Red Squirrels “in the wild.” There is large woodland area, where the squirrels live, however they are very hard to see for several reasons. They are well camouflaged in the trees, they tend to most active early in the morning and they are not very keen on noisy people – of which there were a lot of last group, being as it was a sunny, Saturday afternoon.

We walked around the woodland trail at lunchtime and could not see any squirrels although we could hear them in the trees. We spent a couple of hours basking in the sunshine on the beach a decided to go back for one last look. I thought I caught sight of a red tail in the distance, scurrying up a tree, but I could not be sure.

We came back to near the exit, which is quite densely wooded. There were a few people stood there, trying to spy a squirrel in the trees, but nothing much was happening. My husband, Greg, then got out the bag of monkey nuts that he had brought with us and starting throwing them into the thicket of trees.

He loudly declared that “Squirrels love these nuts. Just wait a minute and watch! They will all come out!”

Well, he was right. Within a few minutes, they started to appear and to hunt for the monkey nuts. Within 10 minutes, we had a real “squirrel spectacular” going on. They were playing, scampering around and fighting each other over the nuts.

Red Squirrel ©2015 Gregory Goldston

Red Squirrel ©2015 Gregory Goldston

Red Squirrel ©2015 Gregory Goldston

Red Squirrel ©2015 Gregory Goldston

It was surprising how tame they were and how close they came to the fence to get the nuts. This was when the people watching were quiet and had the sole intention of watching in awe and taking photographs. They soon scampered off when there was too much noise.

Red Squirrel ,©2015 Gregory Goldston

Red Squirrel ,©2015 Gregory Goldston

A lot of people there had been coming to that woodland on a regular basis and had never managed to see even one squirrel, let alone a dozen or more. One lady photographer had travelled all the way from Staffordshire to see the squirrels and up until that point had only managed to see one earlier in the day. She was delighted with the squirrel photoshoot.

Red Squirrel ©2015 Gregory Goldston

Red Squirrel ©2015 Gregory Goldston

One little girl, who was standing next to me, lit up like a little beacon when she saw the squirrels. It was as much as she could do to contain her squeaks and squeals of excitement.

We had taken our 18 year old daughter, as we were dropping her back of at University. Although she had been to the area before, she did not see any squirrels the last time we were there. Her face changed from disappointment to delight when the squirrels came out to play.

Quite a crowd gathered to watch the squirrels. No one, apart from my husband Greg, seemed to know that squirrels have a passion for monkey nuts and can’t resist them.

It was wonderful to see how much pleasure was created and how many beaming smiles there were on people’s faces and all because of a £1 bag of monkey nuts!

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