Red Squirrels are one of Scotland’s best-loved animals and one of Scotland’s Big Five. A protected species in the UK, Scotland’s only native squirrel, the red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris is growing in population in Scotland. Red squirrels are increasingly commonly sighted in the Highlands. In Nairn, you might watch red squirrels chasing each other through the branches in Culbin Forest but may also be lucky to spot these colourful characters in the town’s parks and gardens. If you do spot a red squirrel, you can report the sighting and help the effort to conserve these beautiful and rare woodland creatures by contacting Scottish Squirrels.