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Celebration of Lakes reds to be held

Posted 16 September 2010
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Those who like to spot red squirrels when walking in the parts of the country where they still live can take part in a major celebration of their presence in the Lake District later this month, the national park authority has announced.

Brockhole National Park Centre on the banks of Windermere will be hosting Squirrelfest on September 26th, an event aimed at all the family, with fun and games, music and information on how to help conserve squirrels in the national park.

Those putting on their walking boots and venturing out into the woodland areas of the national park may still see some of the native creatures, which have been usurped from much of Britain by the imported greys.

Grey squirrels can carry squirrel pox, which is harmless to them but fatal to reds.

Those in the Windermere area may also be interested in an ongoing search for an even more elusive animal as a group of investigators is trawling the lake after alleged sightings of a hump-backed creature, dubbed "Bownessie".

Several sightings of the "monster" have been claimed in recent years.

Posted by Brandon Egley
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