Black Squirrel spotted in Campton
the 6am news on BBC Radio Four on 24 th October (2005) it was announced that
a rare 'black' squirrel had been sighted in Stevenage;
the News Reader promised there would be a 'Breaking News Item' covering
this remarkable new phenomena later in the programme - sadly, no further
news item materialised - however - all is not lost. A village
resident has been catching glimpses of a small - half the size of a grey -
black squirrel, in Campton, usually at night, for several weeks - as
is the norm his word has been doubted.
But today (25th October) - happily - there can no longer be any
doubt; 'The Campton Black' was sitting on his lawn
holding a slice of toast in both hands.
29th October. a.m. A black squirrel was observed by Glyn Davies (and
the bus driver) crossing Rectory road and entering the Manor grounds, through
3rd Nov. The resident who originally reported the black squirrel
sighting wrote 'I 'm happy to tell you that whilst taking b'fast last week
I glanced up and saw 'The Black Squirrel of Campton' sitting on my back
gardem fence, watching me through the kitchen window - he/she looked envious!
Shortly after this second manifestation - my neighbour called to ask if
I had seen the black squirrel that appeared to be living in my back garden
- so I have a witness - no more ugly rumours eh!! '
4th Dec. Another sighting.
too have had a visitation from a black squirrel in the garden of 1, Elm
Close. He appeared to be quite aggressive as he chased off at least
two of the grey squirrels who had been happily minding their own business.
If anyone else has any sighting (or photographs) of the Campton Black
Squirrel, please let me know.
For more information on Black Squirrels:-
Black Squirrel spotted in Stevenage
Hertfordshire Biological records
Other Local Sighting
14th Nov. You are most probably
aware that "Black Squirrels" can be found in and around Woburn Park. Only
yesterday I was walking in woods adjacent to the Woburn Golf course (Brickhill
Woods) and spotted at least three of these creatures. I was interested as
to the origin of this species - hence looked up for more information on
the internet - are they native to the UK, cross breed or a freak of nature
?. Up to yesterday I believed the ones I had seen in Woburn Park were Red
Squirrels. However having now a much closer view they are clearly black.
2006. The black squirrel, along with a red kite buzzards and herons
were spotted by 'Neil' see 'Neil's notes'
(referred to Herts Heritage Web Site.
(referred to Herts Heritage Web Site. Ed.)
Dec. Hi although I now live in South Africa I do pop back to the Uk twice
a year. I spotted
one of these black squirrels by the fairland health clinic about 4.5 years
ago. And on
my last visit last summer 2005 me and my two children spotted another just
as we were leaving fairlands valley park. At first I thought I was
seeing things (thought it may have been a mink) are their origins Russian?
10th Dec. Thought I would write to advise that our son who
lives in Hitchin has Black Squirrels actually nesting in his garden, he
has 4 Poplar trees so guess they make the most of them. He has taken
photos as have we when visiting as couldn't believe it when we first saw
them. Our grand children just think they're normal!!
My husband also took one of the photos to work here in Southampton as his
work mates found it hard to believe but as it seems to be a pigment or some
such that causes them to be black I guess not that unusual, just different.
Jan 2006. A colony of black squirrels has been seen near 'The
White Horse' at Southill, and a single black squirrel seen near Somerfield
supermarket in Shefford.
Barry & Joyce Thompson.
Jan 2006. Approximately twenty years ago there was a colony of black squirrels
living in the grounds of the old Faifield Hospital in Stotfold.
28th Jan. Just thought I would let
you know that we spotted a Black Squirrel on Chicksands Camp on Saturday
28th January 2006
10th Feb. Just to say, I thought I was going
mad and getting up too early for work!, I have seen a black squirrel
twice in Pankhurst Crescent, in the Chells area of Stevenage. Both
times it was around 7-30am whilst driving out of my turning to go to work.
Referred to http://www.hertsheritage.org.uk/naturalhistory/urban.html
which states that black squirrels originate from North
Mar. hi i live in bexhill on sea east sussex i have just seen a
black squirrel in my garden id never even heard of them before so i looked
up your web site ,fantastic if i see any more would you like to know.
6th Mar. Spotted a black squirrel in my dentist carpark, in Bancroft,
Hitchin....seems like they are everywhere now!
14th May. Hi, I live ouside Guadalajara,
Jalisco, Mexico in a village called Ajijic. I have seen a black squirrel
in my backyard. I do not know whether or not there is just one species
of black squirrels. He just loves my Dicondra grass. Cannot
find out where the origin is of a black squirrel.Thank you.
May. Hi I have just read you black squirrel page and would like
to let you know that I spotted one at the Chicksands edge of rowney warren
woods nr Shefford. My friend and I were cycling and both commented how unusual
it was, then only two days later saw your article by chance!!
8th June. Sightings of black squirrels in Meppershall churchyard
reported in the 'Daily Mail'
June. I saw a black squirrel for the first time on Sunday, and watched him
for ages as he munched away at the droppings on the lawn from the birdfeeder.
This morning he came back, but ran off as I tried to open the window to
take his picture. He looks quite friendly, and obviously lives happily with his
grey colleagues, as both were on the lawn together at one point. I just had to tell someone.
Jan Dobson, St. Ives, Cambs.
June 2006. Good morning, Twice this week (13th and
14th June 06) my wife has spotted a black squirrel bouncing around our garden
in Bassingbourn (South Cambs). We did hear a few weeks ago that there had
been reported sightings at the other end of the village, but didn't think
that it would appear near us.It is a cute little thing
that very closely resembles a RED squirrel although everything that I have
read about them seems to say that they are a melanistic variant of the Grey
I will get to see it myself over the weekend.
2006 - As I was leaving for work this morning I had to slow the car to allow
a black squirrel to cross Westbury Close ahead of me. First time I'd seen
one, so after a quick web search I was pleased to find your page and links
to further information on the species.
Paul Gulliver, Hitchin.
Thought you would like to know that yesterday 26/09/06 whilst visiting
Brampton in Cambridgeshire I spotted a Black Squirrel, I did not know they
existed. Hence my search on the web & finding your information.
Regards, Linda Marsh
September 2006 - Hello, A few weeks ago I looked out my back door and
saw a black squirrel sitting rating the bread and bird seed I just put outside.
I live 20 miniutes outside the city of Pittsburgh and next to a park
and have seen differebt wildlife from turkeys, deer, rare birds including
a Great Horned Owl that had an injured wing, fox, squirrels, groundhogs,
chipmunks etc. But never a black squirrel. I was excited
to see this squirrel and happy to share this sighting.
Sincerely, Rosann D.
October 2006. Got within 20 feet of a black squirrel in the Plantation
(next to Chicksands entrance) but unfortunately didn't have my camera with
October 2006. Hello. Spotted a black squirrel crossing the road
at Fancott (nr Toddington) early morning yesterday.
2006. I have never seen a black squirrel before, my son and I was
delighted to see one in the area of Gren Leys, St. Ives, Cambridge.
When we got home we got straight on the net to see if anyone else had
seen one and came across your website.
2006. Having just spent the weekend inside RAF Brampton in Cambridgeshire
visiting my son we spotted many Black Squirrels living quite openly in the
Living accommodation area of the base.
Chris Scutt, Gosport, Hants.
13th Novemeber 2006, We saw
a black squirrel in the woods off the A507 near to the new Council Offices.
It was so unusual.
Barrie and Annette Glenn
December 2006. hi we have seen several black squirrels on the chicksands
10th December 2006 Hi, I didn't know black squirrels existed
until this morning, when I saw one in my garden in Royston. He was eating windfall
apples on my lawn. I saw him scamper off and within a few seconds a grey
squirrel had come to the feast. We have had grey squirrels nesting in a tree
at the bottom of our garden for years, but I have never seen a black one
12th December 2006. I saw a black squirrel today,
Tuesday, in the grounds of Kneesworth House Hospital, Royston, Herts.
This is the first time I've ever seen one (didn't know they existed!).
Maybe it was because of the unusual colour but the fur appeared to be much
softer and fluffier than a grey squirrel's.
December 2006 Hi, My wife and I saw a black squirrel last weekend, I really didn't
think there was any other species of squirrels in the UK other thatn the
Grey and Red Squirrels, to be honest I thought we might have got it wrong
but I spoke to some friends about our sighting and they to had seen the squirrels.
seen the squirrels again, they look smaller than the grey more like a red
squirrel but black. We live in a Village close to St Ives in Cambridgeshire.
14th December 2006. Hello again. Spotted another black squirre this
morning. This time by the roadside coming out of Woburn Sands. (Perhaps
not that surprising as Woburn Park is where they allegedly originally escaped
Januray 2007. 2 weeks ago I was just joining the A14 westbound at the
B1049 Histon junction and a black squirrel loped across the slip road in
front of me heading towards farmland on the outskirts of Cambridge.
26th Januray 2007
noticed on your website references to sightings of the black squirrel. We
were surprised to notice one today in Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage
and have since been researching its provenance. We would be happy to share
any more information about this unusual creature.
Hello, I've just found your website while looking up
information on, you've guessed it, black squirrels. I saw one this
morning, on the grass verge between Whipsnade Zoo and the village of Kensworth.
Never seen one before, thought I was imagining it! It ran into the
woods as I passed by in the car.
27th March 2007
Hi, I live in Histon, near Cambridge. In 2006 I regularly
had a black squirrel visit my garden, my neighbours were not surprised and
said he was a regular. Sadly I have not seen him (or her) this year
7th April 2007
18th April 2007
Hi, it was the 10th March 07 and
I saw our elusive black friend on the outskirts of Hitchin, on the
road to Luton. I was so amazed at this sight at 8.30am, I called my
wife, who was a non-believer. It was only today that we decided to research
this pretty little creature, since my son shows great interest in wildlife
(3yrs). I wonder how many are roaming around, and has anyone else seen anything
Andy Gale, St. Neots.
To add to your record
of sightings of black squirrels, I had a single black squirrel happily enjoying
my garden in north Cambridge on 14th April. Have others been seen in Cambridge
itself? I live not far from the Histon Road but south of the A14 which
I would have thought would pose a problem to a squirrel wanting to cross!
11th May 2007
I found your section about black squirrels on the Campton and Chicksands
by accident today and thought I'd add to your records. we regularly
see a black squirrel in our garden here in Ickleford near Hitchin., one
year we had two. We have been seeing them for the last eight years.
11th May 2007
We have noticed that there
are a number (possibly two or three) Black Squirrels on the RAF Brampton
Cpl Dale Ricketts
18th June 2007
My self and 7 other memebrs of our family saw the elusive Stevenage
black squirrel Sunday the 17th while at the music festival in Stevenage.
I tried to snap a couple of photos on my mobile but they are such poor quality
I shall not bother to send them to you, especially as my mother is in one
of them and she would kill me if she knew a picture of her could be on the
web. There are apparently sightings of them in and around Gamlingay,
though I have never seen them myself.
Regards, Nick Sharp
18th June 2007
On Sunday 17th June 2007 We were lucky enough to spot the black squirrel
in the park in Stevenage, Sorry I don't know the name I'm not from the area,
but it was the one where there was a music festival.
31st July 2007
I first saw a black squirrel as far back as 2000, on the Chesterton
side of the River Cam opposite the Riverside entrance to Stourbridge Common,
Cambridge. I haven't seen any since. At the time a friend informed
me that they were originally brought from the Himalayas to an estate in Letchworth.
He was interested to know that they had crossed the River Cam. It
would seem that they have quite a range from comments posted here.
23rd August 2007
18th September 2007
Your black squirrel may be taking trips out to Upper Stondon. For the
past week between 10 and 11 each day we have a black squirrel taking hazel
nuts from our trees right by our back door and burying them further up our
garden by a trampoline! We think it is a young adult
as it is slightly built with a very long not too fluffy tail, although at
the rate he takes the nuts he will soon be fat during the winter months.
We will try and get a photo but can you
recommend a good web site about these animals?
Gill, Pete, Ryland and Stan the dog.
My husband and I were travelling along A1 September 16 heading North
and spotted a Black Squirrel run from bushes onto the grass verge near
Stamford aroud 8.15am. I was so surprised I never knew they existed
until I just looked on your web. It was soot black and beautiful!
16th October 2007
We live in Conington (the Cambridge Conington, not the Peterborough
one), and we have a village full of black squirrels. When my
husband and I first moved here, we though people were pulling our legs.
Not so. They intermingle quite happily with the grey squirrles.
One regularly visits my bird table for sunflower seeds. They are apparently
a mutation from the greys.
1st November 2007
My Husband and Daughter
spotted a black squirrel in tea green near Luton and Hitchin the other morning
- I thought they were pulling my leg till I saw your web site.
2nd November 2007
<>Hi, My husband and
I went for a meal in Tea Green, Hertfordshire. I decided to sit outside
the lovely country pub we were having our meal in and thought I was seeing
things! Never in my life have I seen a black squirrel and there in
the tree were 3 grey and one black. I sat for nearly 2 hours just watching
this amazing little animal. I didn't even know they existed.
Thought I'd inform you. Apparently there have been sightings
3rd Jan 2008
Just to let you know,
I saw a black squirrel, sitting at the side of the road in Fen Drayton,
Saw a black squirrel at the old Faifields hospital site at Arlesey,
24th Jan 2008
Hi, for the first time in mine and my husbands life we saw a black
squirrel, just beside the tesco petrol station in Baldock. i have
never seen or heard of them , so i found your website.
Karen & Mike
3rd Feb 2008
We have a black squirrel visiting our garden
to feed on peanuts on a regular basis. It was first spotted about three
weeks ago. We live in Impington near Cambridge.
3rd Feb 2008
1st April 2008
There is one black squirrel that lives in
fairlands lakes in stevenage near the cafe, it is there everyday i
go other there, at first i thought it was very strange to see but now is
just normal as it is there so oftern, is very nice to see.
18th March 2008
I saw a black squirrel today, crossing the road on the zebra crossing
in Ampthill Road, Shefford !
31st March 2008
My husband and I saw a black squirrel at the side of the road, near
to the old Fairfield Hospital site at Stotfold. We used to see them
in this area quite frequently approximately 20 years ago, when there was
a colony in the grounds of the hospital.
Re-Black Squirrel's in Mid Bedfordshire, they have been there as far
back as 13 years ago. They were seen on land behind the then Police
House on the A6, there were also quite a few in the grounds of The Cedar's
nursing home in Ampthill.
Valerie Chisholm Co-Durham
9th April 2008
I live on Waterbeach Fen in Cambridgeshire. We have black squirrels
in our garden which we see regularly. We also have grey ones as well which
are twice the size. Would these black ones be related to the red variety
bearing in mind their size?
Hi i just thought you
would like to know i have a black squirrel living in my house! A neighbour
brought it to me because a cat had it in its mouth, it is only a baby so
i'm bottle feeding it for now. I live in Buntingford but the squirrel was
found in Baldock.
Photographs of baby black squirrel
by courtesy of Hessa
18th July 2010
Hi, We have just
driven through Ickleford near Hitchin and along the side of the road on
a grass verge I saw a black squirrel jumping around. I was very surprised
and interested as I have never seen one before.
19th September 2010
whilst out cycling i too spotted your Black squirrel 50 meters in from
the newer north car park down the hill a bit.
was scurrying around and jumped onto a tree when it saw me.
were no witness as i had left my friends for dust.
not sure if your still monitoring the little fella but thought it worthy
enough of a message to you.
18th November 2010
Caught on camera, the illusive black squirrel in Campton Plantation.
8th August 2011
I saw a black squirrel today
on the A14, 2 miles before the huntingdon turn off.
28th March 2012 a.m.
Sighted a black squirrel (crossing
the road) at the top of Luton White Hill in Offley, Hertfordshire.
14th November 2016
Hello, I just wanted to let you know
that I saw a black squirrel on the trunk of a tree in Tesco, Baldock car
I had never seen a black squirrel before, or even knew they existed. So
after researching tonight, I came across your website so thought I would
report the sighting to you.
This has pleased me greatly, & made my day.
Unfortunately my phone camera just wasn't good enough to get a photo from
the 20ft distance I was away from it.
All the best, Emma Clark.