Return of the Red Squirrel
Walking around the course you will notice the abundance of Grey Squirrels, who happily go about their day to day business and roam the course amongst the golfers, who have come accustomed to them during their round. Though with the keen eye of a member the return of the Red Squirrel can be confirmed.
Video of a Red Squirrel climbing a tree at the 8th Hole.
It has been over 40 years since the red squirrel has been spotted around the 125 acre parkland of ShaneMullagh and Moyola Park Golf Club.
The red squirrel, a native species to the British Isles for 10,000 years, the introduction of the Grey Squirrel by the Victorians in the 1800s, saw them take over and almost eradicate the Red Squirrel. Unfortunately in the past these two little furry creatures have been unable to live together, though with the new sightings around the estate maybe theirs hope for both species to live in harmony. Its great to see the Red Squirrel back in woods and roaming wild and free throughout the sprawling estate of ShaneMullagh.
To encourage the return of the Red Squirrel, our member Robin Kennedy will be putting up feeder boxes.
Robin has also asked that if you manage to spot a Red Squirrel when you out & about the course please get in contact with him. If you can capture a picture of video even better.