THE National Trust's Brownsea Island is one of the only places that you can see red squirrels in England and autumn is one of the best times of year to spot them.

Free guided red squirrel walks are running daily from now until Friday, October 25 and are the perfect opportunity to get close to these rare creatures. Walks are from 11.30am-12.30pm and 2-3pm, no pre-booking is necessary, you can simply turn up.

Brownsea Island is home to around 200 red squirrels and in September and October, you are likely to see them scurrying around the forest floor looking for food. The guided walks are designed to give you the best chance of spotting red squirrels, and will teach you more about these elusive creatures.

Olivia Gruitt, Visitor Experience and Volunteering Manager for Brownsea Island said: "The island is famous for its red squirrels and while in the busier summer months, people might not spot one during a visit, they're very visible in the quieter autumn months. The guided walks offer you the best chance of spotting and photographing these wonderful animals."

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