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I remember as a child every Autumn as a family we would take a long walk to our favourite chestnut tree in the New Forest to harvest its nuts ready for Christmas. (As some of you know the New Forest is my original stomping ground before I moved to Cornwall to follow a career in art.) It was on one of these faithful walks when my mum pointed out a Red Squirrel high in the branches munching its way through one of the nuts. From that day on I was always looking for their distinct red bushy tails and long pointed ears, they quickly became one of my favourite creatures. Though sadly as I grew the red squirrel became harder and harder to find until they almost disappeared entirely. It has long been thought that there are no longer Red Squirrels in the New Forest but there are still a few breeding pairs deep in the forest, spotted now and again.

It truly saddens my heart to see such beautiful animals drawn to near extinction in the UK due to human intervention introducing the Grey S...

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