Welcome to the Trans Pennine Trail
A national coast to coast route for recreation and transport – for walkers, cyclists and (in parts) horse riders
Who am I?
My name is Sophie, I am a squirrel.
What do I look like?
I am a red squirrel so a little bit different to the grey ones you might see whilst out walking or cycling. My fur is a reddish brown colour and I have tufts on my ears that get bigger in winter. I move around by hopping/ jumping along the ground.
Have you noticed how big my eyes are? This is to help me to see where I am going when I climb trees and escape other animals who may want to attack me.
Where is your home?
I live in a tree and prefer to live on my own but when it gets cold I group together with my other squirrel friends.
How big am I?
I can grow to about 18 – 24cm tall and my tail grows to around 14-20cm long!
What do I like to eat?
Most people believe all I eat are nuts! Although I do really enjoy nuts I also eat plants and meat – this makes me an omnivore like you!
When I do find a nut I like to bury it and use my sense of smell to find them again!
– There are over 200 different species of squirrel that live all around the world.
– Squirrels find about 80% of the nuts they bury and the other 20% end up growing into Oak trees.
– We are born blind.
Since my grey squirrel friends arrived I have become very outnumbered!
When you are out exploring keep your eyes out for me and if you spot me let the TPT team know so they can make a note of where I am hiding!!