CHOICE LO­CA­TIONS

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild February -

1 Loch Garten is an RSPB Re­serve in the heart of Scot­land’s Cale­do­nian pine forests. It is not just fa­mous for ospreys, but also one of the premier lo­ca­tions to find crested tits and red squir­rels.

2 Kielder is man­aged by the Forestry Com­mis­sion and is one of the largest woods in Eng­land. It is home to about 50 per cent of Eng­land’s red squir­rels and re­cently wel­comed back pine martens after a long ab­sence.

3 Thet­ford rep­re­sents the largest man­made for­est in low­land Bri­tain. Strad­dling the Nor­folk-Suf­folk bor­der, the heath­land and plan­ta­tions are home to a range of conifer-lov­ing birds.

4 Can­nock Chase is Bri­tain’s small­est main­land Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty. Lo­cated in Stafford­shire, it com­prises a mix­ture of de­cid­u­ous wood­land, heath­land and large conifer plan­ta­tions where wild deer still roam.

5 New­bor­ough is a sprawl­ing plan­ta­tion si­t­u­ated amongst an enor­mous dune sys­tem on the Isle of An­gle­sey. This is surely one of the best lo­ca­tions in North Wales to spot both red squir­rels and cross­bills in one day.

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