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One of the best things about TE is that it encourages you to experiment a little. These little creatures are pretty fast, and live under a dark canopy, so shooting them (with a camera!) is a real challenge. This is one of the famous Formby Red squirrels, one of the few remaining colonies in the UK.

The Red Squirrel is protected in most of Europe, as it is listed in Appendix III of the Bern Convention; it is also listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. In some areas it is abundant and hunted for its fur. Although not thought to be under any threat worldwide, the Red Squirrel has drastically reduced in numbers in the United Kingdom. Under 200,000 individuals are thought to be left, approximately 70 to 75% of which are in Scotland. This population decrease is likely to be due to the introduction of the Eastern Grey Squirrel from North America as well as the loss and fragmentation of its native woodland habitat.

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