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.