Red Squirrel (c) Richard Bowler
Glenariff Forest Park
Red squirrels in the forest park are protected by volunteers from the Glens Red Squirrel Group who cover a vast area of the north-east of Northern Ireland. The group offers arranged walks though the forest park and maintains squirrel feeders, providing a good chance to see reds.
The Glens Red Squirrel Group maintains many squirrel feeders throughout the forest – you may even spot a red on one as you drive in. Arranged safaris are also provided by the group.
Glenarm Nature Reserve
Located within Glenarm Estate and incorporating the largest area of semi-natural woodland in County Antrim, Glenarm Nature Reserve is one of the best sites to spot this iconic species. Accessible to Ulster Wildlife members by permission only.
Straidkilly Nature Reserve
This small nature reserve, perched above Glenarm Village, is a great place to spot red squirrels feasting on nuts in the hazel woodland. You can also enjoy a short circular trail, picnic area and stunning views of the North Antrim Coast.
This mixed woodland, near Eglinton, offers a scenic circular walk with some steep steps and a waterfall. Red squirrels can be seen here and are protected by the North West Red Squirrel Group.
This woodland, just outside of Derry/Londonderry city, is one of Northern Ireland’s rare and irreplaceable ancient woodlands. It has been wooded since at least 1600 and, throughout that time, has been a stronghold for red squirrels which it remains to this day.County Down
Tollymore Forest Park
The Tollymore Red Squirrel Group is helping to protect reds in the forest by supplementary feeding and through educational activities and events. There are also several walks in the forest which offer a chance to spot red squirrels.
Take a walk around the National Trust house or gardens to search for red squirrels, which are most commonly seen behind the house and to the north of the lake.
Located at the western gateway to the Sperrin Mountains, there are many walks through the forest that offer a chance of seeing reds.
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
Located within the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), red squirrels in the forest park are protected and maintained by the Ring of Gullion and Cooley Red Squirrel Group. There is a good chance you will see a red in the needleless larch trees where they feed on the seeds of the larch cones.
Situated in the hills overlooking Newry, this coniferous forest offers walkers a good chance of seeing reds in pines at the top of the mountain.
Tievecrom Mountain, Newry
A woodland that offers incredible views of the mythical gap of the North, red squirrels can frequently be found in this 325 hectare plantation.
The mountainous area, which straddles the border between County Monaghan, Country Fermanagh and Tyrone, is a hotspot for red squirrels and is managed and conserved for reds by the Fermanagh Red Squirrel Group .
Florence Court and Crom Estate
The beautiful 18th century house and grounds, maintained by The National Trust, offers 15km trails where you may be lucky to spot some red squirrels.