If anyone has known me for longer than five minutes then you will know about my love of Scotland: the mountains, the lochs, the forests and of course the wildlife. I was however, yet to discover the highlands in winter so my friend and I booked a few days off to visit the incredible Cairngorm National Park at the end of January. We were excited to see how the charismatic Red Squirrel coped in the extreme cold conditions of the Scottish highlands at the peak of winter. It is a common misconception that Red Squirrels hibernate but they like nothing more than running around in the snow. And whilst there are still nuts put out for them in certain areas, they won't waste such a great and essential food source.
Of course it isn't all about the Red Squirrel - The Cairngorm National Park is thriving with wildlife both commonly seen and highly elusive. With miles of Caledonian Pine Forests peppered with beautiful lochs hidden amongst the trees, it is unsurprising that the Cairngorms is home to 25% of the UK's most endangered species. It is still one of the only places on our little island that has been left unspoilt, a perfect habitat for birds and mammals alike.