Red squirrels cosy up in the Scottish Highlands

Red squirrels curl up together in a frost-covered nest in the  Highlands. Picture: TSPL
Red squirrels curl up together in a frost-covered nest in the Highlands. Picture: TSPL
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These red squirrels are clearly the best of friends as they cuddle up together in a drey in the Highlands.

Wildlife cameraman Neil Anderson captured the fascinating pictures in his back garden in Carrbridge using a nest box camera.

Cameraman Neil Anderson secured the fascinating shots. Picture: TSPL

Cameraman Neil Anderson secured the fascinating shots. Picture: TSPL

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“It’s definitely the first time I had seen squirrels like that,” he said.

“Normally they build their own dreys in the shape of a fruit bowl and nestle down in them.”

Red squirrels stay active all year without a hibernation period so it is important for them to find warm nests - dreys - to rest in.

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They will often have more than one drey and during their breeding season, in January, they can be seen moving their nests from one to another.

Mr Anderson, 37, said: “I set up the nest box myself.

“So, the camera was already in there and I used a WiFi signal to take the pictures remotely.”

Neil said when he put the nest box up it was empty, so the squirrels had made their own den inside.