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These animals have been fairly frequently seen in the Cosham and Purbrook areas for many years.  For some years - the mid 90s to the mid noughties they also spread into Hayling Island, Southsea and to the north.  For a couple of years up to 2010 there have been few reports and all of these have come from Cosham or Purbrook.  More recently I have had reports from wider UK areas as shown below.

New sightings and pictures will be very welcome.  E mail them to me please.

 

Only a few white squirrels are albinos, recognizable by pink or blue eyes and the absence of pigmentation anywhere on the body. The gene for such an absence of the pigment, melanin, is recessive, so each parent must carry it to produce an albino squirrel. Albino squirrels have vision problems and are at a disadvantage in the wild.

 

Many white squirrels  are genetic colour variants of the gray species, as are the uncommon black squirrel. They breed normally and may have gray siblings. It is thought that the genes that normally produce a white underbelly in the gray squirrel are active in a wider area of their bodies, often leaving discernible gray patches on the spine and head. It is also theorized that the white coloration may even provide some kind of survival advantage in the colonies where they do thrive.

 

 

The sightings are arranged geographically and recent entries are in italics   Click on the names below to find records from your area.

 

Bedfordshire    Cheshire        Cambridgeshire    Devon    Essex         Gloucestershire    Hampshire    Kent      Lancashire     Lincolnshire     London     Leicestershire    Northhants   Nottinghamshire   Northumberland  Staffordshire  Surrey  Sussex    Warwickshire       Scotland    Wales       Outside the UK

 

Sightings


New sightings in italics

 

Bedfordshire

Hi my hubby has just come back from walking our dogs and spotted a white squirrel.We live in Bromham, Bedford. Mk43 area. Penny Farrar 27 June 2017

 

Cambridgeshire

 

A white squirrel visits our garden in Barton Cambridge 2/3 times a week.  David Rapley 12 Dec 2016

 

Cheshire

 

 

Hi just to let you know I saw the famous white squirrel in Marburg park Cheshire today (1st March 2016)`of all places in the car park!  (Rachel Sinclair)

 

 

Just to say we were in Marbury Country Park Cheshire  today 25th October 2015 and saw a white squirrel in the woods near the children's play area. Unfortunately I didn't have my phone or camera

 Milly 

 

 

We were at Marbury Park in Cheshire on 7th June 2015 and saw a white squirrel. (Andy Goddard) 

A white squirrel was seen near the car park at Marbury Country Park, Cheshire on 20th March 2015. (Kevin Gee)

 Hi, I couldn't get a picture but I spotted a white squirrel in Marbury Park Cheshire 25/09/2014! I was amazed Natalie Saunders  

We spotted a white squirrel at Marbury Country Park in Northwich, Cheshire on Sunday 31st August.  Jane Barlow

 

 

Devon

 

2nd September 2012 :    I spotted a white squirrel yesterday on the road home from Dartmoor to Exeter.  Ann Hopkins

Essex

This morning  (23rd Jan 2017)_at our toddler group in our local church hall,  we were all singing nursery rhymes until I saw a pure white squirrel play and chase a grey squirrel up a big tree. Most of the parents and children couldn't believe our eyes.  Amazing sighting. We live in a country village called Wickham Bishops, just outside Witham, Essex.

 

Michelle 

I have just seen (30/9/2014) a white squirrel on the fence out side my house I have a nature reserve out the front I never new you could get white ones but it was so pretty I'm in Colchester Kelly Lieberman

 

Kent

 

Hi John,

We spotted this one Ronald’s Wood, Fawkam,Longfield,Kent on Monday 10th July 2017 .Ronald Isaacs

 

 

Had an albino squirrel in the garden this morning. Tonbridge area of Kent Karen Branard.

 

 

Just seen  my first ever white squirrel in our garden in Birling, West Malling, Kent. I did not get close enough to see whether it had pink eyes. . It was about half size of a fully grown grey and was with a somewhat larger grey - mother perhaps or sibling?   

Kind regards,  Richard Harrison-Murray  13 may 2017.

 

 

 

Saw a white squirrel in Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone, Kent and have never seen a white Squirrel before. Rob 3.12.16

 

 

HI  I  have seen a white squirrel with my husband in Maidstone Kent yesterday 27th Oct.    jo and keith perring

 

We spotted a white squirrel on 25th & 26th in a wooded area on a quiet hill that leads up to the village of Swingfield in Kent. We didn’t know they existed until yesterday!  Regards  Rupert Maddison-Roberts

 

 

A white squirrel was seen in the area of  TN40 2JD on 27 05 16 around 8am.  Richard Swain.

 

My wife and I have seen a white squirrel on three occasions recently twice today  at different times .pictures attached .regards Mike Leeper we live in long field Kent  

 

A white squirrel was seen in in Ramsgate Kent on 18th april 2016. Kev & Jordain Hill. 

 

A white squirrel with pink eyes was in Chatham on 24th January 2016.  Aliyah Sheikh  

 

Seen a white squirrel in Shepherdswell ,Dover Kent (June2105) unfortunately no pic as driving . Lived there for twenty years and never seen one before . Moved back into area and see one straight away lol     yours darryl 

 

My wife and I had a white albino squirrel (pink eyes) visit our West Wickham garden twice this afternoon (16 Jan 2015).  We shall watch to see if it continues to visit us!  David & Lynne Noble. 

 

I saw a white squirrel today on Hayes Common, Kent at 2.30pm, it crossed the ride in front of my dog and myself near West Common Drive. We often visit these woods but have never seen one before.   Sally Carruthers 10th Jan 2015.

 

 

Hi found your website and wanted to share the fact that today (20/12/14) we sighted a white squirrel whilst leaving Bluewater shopping centre, Greenhithe, Kent. Unfortunately we were unable to get a photo due to the fact we were driving   Chris Hoad

 

A white squirrel was seen in  robin gate wood Tunbridge wells Kent climbing a tree.  Woodland close to A21.cool.   1/12/14  Imelda eve

 

 

Hi have just seen white squirrel in my garden Bromley Kent. 2 crows were chasing it and we clapped and the crows flew away and the squirrel was safe. (Brenda Andrews)

 

An albino squirrel was seen near the windmill at Woodchurch Kent on 6th Oct 2014.  Karen.

 

 

Just seen White squirrel in a front garden in Brabourne Kent, more than a little surprised as I didn't know they existed... Mark Bunting   24.09.2014

 

 

I saw a white squirrel in my garden probably about 6 weeks ago. At first everyone I was probably seeing things! Thankfully the rest of e family saw it today (30th August 2014) and I managed to get a couple of photos if you are interested, I can send them through. We live in Rochester Kent and this is certainly the only one that I have seen. It looks pretty healthy and is certainly quite active.  Alan Watson.

 

 

Hi there my name is Jack, earlier today (9th April 2014) I was playing golf in Kent and managed to take a photo of a white (albino) squirrel, I understand they are rare especially in the UK. Would you be interested to see it or perhaps let me know who I could contact?   King regards, Jack Phillips

 

 

One seen today at Hamstreet Nature Reserve, Ashford Kent   K Little

 

 

Hi, just thought I'd let you know I saw a pure white today! He was quite happily rooting around on the side of the a20 in Brabourne near Ashford in Kent! Andy Dwyer :)  [This sounds like the same area as the report below JG]

 

 

I've just seen a pure white squirrel in Hythe Road Ashford- . Amazing!  I couldn't stop to take a photo as I driving and had cars behind me.  Time:3.15pm Date: 17/3/14  JulieDurnall.

 

 

I found your website and just wanted to email to report the sighting of a white squirrel by my son and daughter on their way to school one morning in January this year (2014).   It was about 7.50 in the morning and the squirrel ran across the road in front of my daughters car (luckily it did successfully get across the road). This was on the A20 London Road at Aylesford in Kent.  

Regards  Beverley Placsom

 

 

Blondie turned up in my garden around Easter 2010.  She visits every day and has raised several families, sadly all grey, and some in my garden.  I have no idea how she has survived so long as she is very careless around my two cats!  This is her dismantling a teddy bear head she found.  When one of her dreys got blown apart you could that she had used the teddy stuffing to line her drey.    Sian West Malling, Kent

 

We have seen on 2 occasions now a white squirrel in our garden. We live in Hartley, Kent. we have lots of regular grey squirrels who visit for food. White squirrel has been on his own and appears to have set up home in a big pine tree. have 1 picture but not great quality, my boys Josh and Jacob (age 8 and 11) are keeping a close look out and will try take another photo (we think its very exciting)  Regards Vicki Rogers

We have a white squirrel in our Close  (Lacton Oast The Street Willesborough, Ashford, Kent) living in a Maple Tree. Very active and fit. We have seen a white squirrel some 15 years ago in Hatch Deer Park Mersham which is just down the road.  Regards,  Stephen Cochrane  25 june 2013

25th Jan 2013: 

Meopham, Kent   white squirrel  1  I have just spotted a white squirrel outside my house in the tress in Meopham kent,   Yvette Byron

Saturday 27th October 2012, saw a white squirrel in Canterbury, Kent around the university, it seemed quite happy in a garden. I couldn't believe my eyes. Roger

Further sighting in Oaklands Road, Bromley on Saturday 21st July. Stopped car to let him/her cross the road but no time for photo. 

Bob Hewitt

 

 

I don't have a picture but last Saturday 9th June 2012, I saw a pure white squirrel in Bromley Kent running around on the lawn of someone's garden. I was fascinated.  Kind Regards  Margaret Clempson.

Surrey

Pictures by Caroline D'Monte of squirrels that live in a red at the bottom of her garden.  27th June 2017.  Click on the pictures to see them full size.

 

   

 

I’ve just seen a white squirrel whilst out in the woods walking my dogs at the Top section of Old Lodge Lane, Purley, Surrey, CR8 4AP.  ADam O'Donnell

 

 

Staffordshire

Hi just seen one first thought it was a ferret as it was on the floor it was in the wood over Chasewater in Staffordshire  the pictures are very poor so I haven't sent any.  Regards Danny

Sussex

 

One was at East Grinstead on 16th March 2017.  Nicola Starmer.

Just seen one in Grebe Crescent in Horsham.  babsfosket 22.2.17.

 

Just to let you know I spotted a white squirrel this morning just off the Worth way/Church in Crawley West Sussex.  It was a lucky fella as I had to brake suddenly as it went under my car.  Off it went up a tree so no harm done…phew…Karen Fosckett 9 dec 2016

Just to let you know I saw a white squirrel on the outskirts of Peasmarsh in East Sussex yesterday. It ran across the road in front of me and disappeared into a hedge.

Regards,

Claire Jinks 29 jan 2017

Hi i live on the south coast in a town called Bexhill. I spotted very clearly a grey squirrel chasing a pure white squirrel across our lawn then it ran along our back fence. Unfortunately by the time I went to take a photo the grey squirrel had caught up with it & chased it away. I just thought you may be interested to know. Regards Mrs M Wooller Dec 2016

 

There was a white squirrel in church St Willingdon on 6th Oct 2016.  Paulette Miller.

Hi, I'm from Haywards Heath in West Sussex and I've just seen a white squirrel in my garden. The pictures aren't great I'm afraid but here they are in case your interested.   

Kind regards  Sophie

Hi, I saw a white squirrel just north of Haywards Heath train station in West Sussex on March 8th and then again on March 9th. I couldn't get a picture as I was on the train, and I don't know if it was albino or leucistic. I have seen the squirrel once before, probably within the last year, in the same area. It looked healthy too! :) Katie

Hi, have just seen a white squirrel in Collington woods in Bexhill-on-Sea , East Sussex on 3rd March 2016. Lisa Dixon.  

We spotted this white squirrel, which we believe to be leucistic as it has dark eyes, along Spithurst Road, between Barcombe (Lewes) and Newick, last week (w/c 22 February 2016).  Sadly, we found him dead on the road a couple of days later.  

We would be very interested should there be any other sightings of white squirrels in the area suggesting others from the litter, if this is likely? Joanna & Claudia 

 

I saw a white squirrel in my friend's back garden on 14/1/2016 she lives in Lindfield, Haywards Heath. It was beautiful, and really eye catching.  We are pretty sure it had red eyes!   Chrissy Stick 

 

Just saw surprising sight of white squirrel with short white tail doing the run up my cercis outside the kitchen window in St Leonard's on Sea. Was half asleep and so surprised didn't get a pic but will aim to do so soon.  Catherine November 2015. 

 

A white squirrel has frequently been seen in Oak Bank, Lindfield, West Sussex during Mid September through to early October 2015. I have not seen it this week though.  

Neighbours reported seeing the albino fighting with grey squirrels but I have not seen that personally. 

I have been told that white squirrels have been seen in the vicinity of Blackthorns Infants and Junior School in Lindfield - and also in the grounds of nearby Oathall Community College, Appledore Gardens, situated within less than quarter of a mile away From Blackthorns. 

Diana Lindfield

 

 

I have sighted this little one several times in Hampden Park East Sussex . Very tame and likes crisps

Kind regards Catherine

 

 

Hi, white squirrel in back garden of Lindfield West Sussex,  RH16 2AB, (12th June 2015)  see there was a Lindfield report a couple of years ago. But not spotted before.   Diane

 

Spotted this (male) squirrel (pictured right - click on it to see it full size)in our garden yesterday.  We live in Lindfield ,West Sussex.  J Flyn 

 

 

I've seen a white squirrel in the Woods just off the Lingfield Road in East Grinstead. Also a few other locals report to have seen it too. 22.09.2014  Deanna Pennington 

 

I saw a white squirrel today playing around some trees on Butcherfield Lane, Hartfield, East Sussex. 19th August 2014.  Abie Salter..

 

Just seen a white squirrel running around in the grounds of the Beauport hotel in Battle East Sussex.  Never seen or heard about a white one so it made me look on the Internet. Seeing as its not been found or mentioned on here before I'm gonna name him/her Nutso. Haha cheers.   Barney Keyte

 

Just to let you know we have had a couple of sightings of a pure white squirrel in Goldsworth rd. Woking. Lovely condition, brown eyes rather than albino pink.                                  Cheers Peter East

Hello John I live a few doors up from your last Burwash (click to find it!) spotter, Brian. We had the squirrel in our garden on Saturday 11th Jan 2014.

Julie, Burwash

 
              Just to let you know I have seen a white squirrel in Cuckfield Sussex on Christmas Eve (2013).
Patrick Bates.

Hi John
I know you are down in Hants but had to let someone know that I have just seen a white squirrel in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex. I was driving so
no photo but I had never heard of them let alone seen one. What a great creature. What a Surprise
Sally Phipps   7th Dec 2013.

Hi John, we have recently moved to Burwash East Sussex and spotted a White Squirrell in our back garden, possibly the one Glen Hopkins saw and i can confirm looks very well, just hope he / she stays that way, we have a Fox Terrier who takes an unhealthy interest in Squirrells, but i will make sure this one stays healthy.. Regards Brian Ranken 

Saw a white squirrel today in Burwash, East Sussex! Lived here all my 28 years and never seen one before! Looked very healthy! Glen Hopkins

WHITE SQUIRREL - Bexhill on Sea, 3pm Sunday 11th November, Richmond Avenue.

A beautiful and fluffy white squirrel hopping through the trees.  We watched it move from tree to tree for about 5 minutes, then could see it simply sitting deep in the fir trees branches for a time before moving out of sight.  Wonderful!  Linda Kimberley-Brooks (ACMA)  

We saw a white squirrel at dusk today 2nd October, 2012, in Bodiam, East Sussex. Never seen one before - it was amazing. It looked sprightly and healthy.  Ashley and Victoria

9th September 2012:  Hi, just seen a pure white squirrel whilst out walking in the country lane where I live in Eridge E.Sussex. Very shocked as never seen one before. Rita Phillips.

Dear John - White squirrel seen this a.m. Bixley Woods     50 degrees 58’ N  0 degrees 38’ E  Northwest of  Rye East Sussex. 

I have been walking here on a near daily basis for over two years and this is first time seen.   

Regards  Clive Pople.

Gloucestershire

Just to let you know I was very lucky to spot a pure white squirrel today in Cheltenham ,Gloucestershire while walking my dog ,he was sat at the end of a tree branch just starring at me as I crossed a bridge over a stream. I was totally fascinated by it and managed to take some photos on my phone. Julie Braddock

 

Sighting in my garden in Winchcombe in Gloucestershire earlier today 18th March 2012. Also have this (picture below) as a short movie with a grey squirrel, presumably its 'partner'. Regards  Michael Kozdon

 

Hampshire

 

Spotted one this evening (24/7/17) in my garden in Warfield Crescent Waterlooville.  . Amazing sight! Pauline Spinks

 

 

Thought I was seeing a grey squirrel in some sort of light refraction six months ago and only got a short viewing.but happy to say I saw it again today.i live in southsea in a flat next to the cockelshell community centre and there it was sitting on the fence right under my balcony windows.by the time I got something photographic in my hand it had gone....I now have my phone....iPad....and camera on its tripod hoping for a return visit...waiting in hope to see this amazing animal again.  6th July   tony lieghio <tonylieghio@icloud.com>

Regards tony..7th May 2017

 

 

Saw this white squirrel yesterday in Kingston cemetery (Portsmouth) while visiting loved ones,never seen a White squirrel before what a lovely creature B-)   Evie 24th June 2017.

 

 

One on 6th June at St.Peter's school near Waterlooville. My guess it was albino because seeing it close up i noticed it's red eyes.  John ja r <jar111@hotmail.com>

In Kingston Cemetery in Portsmouth, I have seen an Albino squirrel twice this week. I know they are rare and there are only about 50 in the wild, the last sighting of one in Portsmouth was in Milton near to where I live in 2016. I know the exact location in the cemetery and the tree it lives in, it seems to live with other grey squirrels and all are friendly. I have photos and videos of the albino if it would interest you to see them, and I thought to let you know that there is another one in the Portsmouth area alongside the Milton sighting in 2016. Kind regards, Alice Wilson 19th may 2017

 

 

 

 

Just came across your page by chance. We spotted a white squirrel in the Kingston cemetery in Portsmouth at the beginning of January.
Jane

 

Thought you might like these photos taken from my kitchen window at home. Every day without fail this squirrel  arrives in my garden and lands on bird table. Loves peanut butter on bread. He or she will sit looking at me. Last year carried a baby in his mouth but was off before I could film him.  The grey squirrels come too and play chase with the white ones.  Anne Hibberd   Spur Road  Waterlooville  22nd Jan 2017

 

  click on these to see them full size

 

Hi saw a white squirrel in crookhorn near Waterlooville today first time ever  Regards Diane Tull   21st Jan 2017

 

 

Just seen this white squirrel sitting in tree outside my house in Holly Drive Waterlooville. Anna Hewitt 14 jan2017

 

I spotted an albino squirrel with the red eyes showing clearly in HMS Nelson wardroom gardens on Queens street Portsmouth.

Bernie Quinn 10th November 2016.

 

 

Just dropped my daughter off at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville and we saw a white squirrel at the treeline between the school bus stops on the drive and St Peters School next door.

Regards  Dan B

Dan

 

 

On 11th September 2016 a white squirrel was present in the Cunningham Road area of Waterlooville.  (Sarah Jackson)

 

Hello, whilst my son was looking for Pokemon at Kingston cemetery behind Kingston prison in Portsmouth today he spotted an albino squirrel. From Lisa Fothergill, Copnor. 

 

Hi I saw 2 white squirrels in the woodland behind the park in Elizabeth Road, Waterlooville on Sunday 12th june. Managed to get photos and a video. Was lovely to see as I've never seen one before let alone 2!

Regards Marie Anderson  

 

Clarendon Road. Southsea  

albino squirrel   1  16th May  Chasing other squirrels. Made a bird like noise. Sheena Davies

 

 

I've spotted an albino squirrel today(14 may 2016)  in Malvern Park near Clarence Road in Southsea Hampshire, as others did before me according to your website!   Pauline Rochette  

 

Emma Rex photographed this squirrel in Waterlooville in April2016 (Click on the picture to see it full size.)

 

 

My wife and I saw a white squirrel on Sunday the 20th of March 2016 at the junction of Malvern Road and Villiers Road, Southsea.  I understand that to see one is rare? He was quite tame and it allowed my wife to get within about 6 feet of it.  Kind regards Dave Garfield  

 

Seen many times at Waterloo School, but never when the children at school.  On sunny days can be seen sitting on the roof of the school, or chasing its grey relatives around the park and playground.  Nicknamed 'Frosty'.  Annette Webb  Jan 5th 2016. 

 

I regularly see a white squirrel in Malvern Park, off Clarendon Road, Southsea.  But I am told that there is a family of three living in one of the trees there, so I may not be seeing the same one each time (most days).  Certainly very pretty and much more tame than their grey brothers.  Marion Wenden 4.1.2016  Also seen by Pat Earl and Fay Durant.

On 30th Dec a white squirrel was seen in Clarendon Gardens Southsea by Uta Cobley.

 

I saw a white squirrel on Dec 27th 2015 while waking my dog in Johnstone's coppice Waterlooville. Lehann Richardson.

 

 

I have lived in Waterlooville for 16 years  – my back garden is surrounded by trees and we see grey squirrels daily, however, in 16 years I have never seen a white squirrel until today.  I watched it for 2-3 minutes but when I went to get my camera it scampered off – hopefully to return again soon.  It appeared to be in good condition and was a very clean white colour, making me thing it was albino, but I couldn’t get a picture or determine what colour eyes it had.  I will keep you posted if I see it again or get a picture.  Regards  Pete Lydford.

 

 

Hi, my son lives at Woodsedge Waterlooville down at the Sorrel close end. He has frequently seen a pure white  squirrel in the woods between him and the Am. 

Regard,

Dave Bennett 

 

We have a white squirrel visiting our garden in Waterlooville in Hampshire  August 2015. Linda Gooderham. 

 

Spotted an albino squirrel on Frogmore lane today  (17th Aug 2015) Jade Powell

 

 I spotted a white squirrel in Horndean two days ago (25th May). He/she ran across the road and up a tree. 

Gemma Hill  

 

Graham Petrie photographed an albino squirrel in Southsea on the corner of Villiers Road on 10th Feb 2015.

 

A lady in Parkhouse Farm Way, Havant saw an albino squirrel in her back garden on 20th Jan 2015.  Tracy Hester

 

I have never seen a white squirrel until today. I googled it and stumbled across your blog. I was driving through Southwick Park (Hants) and one ran across the road. Was gob smacked, beautiful little creature.

Regards Warren

 

Have seen a white squirrel today as I left Southwick Park golf course- it was pure white and a surprise as have never seen one before.

Tuesday 28 October 2014.  Elisabeth Quinton

 

 

An albino squirrel was seen at 11.00am on 22nd September 2014  burying acorns in Victoria Park Portsmouth (L Wilkinson)

 

Just wanted to let you know that we spotted a white squirrel in our garden today around 09.30am (11 June 2014)  We are in Leigh Park, Havant

Thanks  Lesley Wenham

 

Just wanted to let you know that we spotted a white squirrel in our garden today around 09.30am (11 June 2014) We are in Leigh Park, Havant 

Thanks Lesley 

 

Two white squirrels were photographed in Jubilee Park Waterlooville on 29th May 2014.  Probably the same squirrels that appeared in a Times picture on 25th.  (Click for a picture)

 

I saw a beautiful white squirrel at the back of the Portsmouth Guildhall this evening (23 April) at about 6:00 pm.  It was close to the railway track, by the University buildings, sitting on a fence, but fled as I pulled my camera out.  Nick Langford  Havant

 

 

i saw a white squirrel near the bins round the back of one of the university buildings, at the turning circle, near guildhall square, portsmouth, map link = https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.7972975,-1.0949004,20z   Graham Sometime Soon (!)

 

 

 

Me (hannah)23 and my son William (15months) saw this white albino squirrel this morning in our back garden holly drive Waterlooville. Hannah Thresher 19th March 2014

 

 

Today whilst walking the dog, my husband saw an albino squirrel in the copse at the rear of Holly Drive Waterlooville.

We will try to get a photo of this and IF successful will forward you a copy. Yours sincerely  Jane Franklin  28 Feb 2014

 

 

Just saw a white squirrel in the town centre of Portsmouth. As my train went past the back of the guildhall there was one running along the window ledges.  Barry McNally  Isle I Wight

 

 

Hi John, there are 3 white squirrels that visit the garden where I live in Southsea. I was amazed to see them all together in the garden. Pauline Hopkins 23rd Dec 2013.

Had a good, close-up view of a healthy-looking white squirrel on Frogmore Lane, Lovedean this morning -18th June 2013.. (I have not seen one there for months until now).  

Best wishes,  Katie   Mann

Working on the FX onboard HMS Diamond this morning about 0900 I came across a white squirrel. It jumped off the ship onto the jetty (in the Portsmouth Naval Base) about 20 feet down. I first thought it might have been a flying squirrel, as it jumped it opened its front legs out to the sides slowing its decent but looking at pictures online I am pretty sure it wasn’t.  Regards  LS AWW Perrett   3rd June 2013.

I just spotted a white squirrel from my office building, inhabiting a metal cage full of bin bags in the park behind the Portsmouth Guildhall! It was quite spectacular to see!   Best regards,  Emily Scott   23rd Jan 2013

Saw a white squirrel today (16th January) from the train as it was stopped at Portsmouth and Southsea station. It was in a tree behind one of buildings near the Guildhall.  Best regards,  Thomas Hall

 

Staying in Holiday Inn (Southsea - see below) and spotted white squirrel running across grass & up a tree opposite, so looking at previous posts it looks like one is living in this area, opposite the Hol inn. 11:00 am 26/12/12

Happy New year!! :-)  Brgds,  Mike  Reed.

Our garden backs onto the woodland that runs between Phillip Road and the lake/reservoir along Elizabeth Road in Waterlooville/Purbrook. We are very fortunate to have two White Squirrels who live here as well as many Greys. I always have a daily supply of nuts (and now sultanas as they appear to be a favourite!) in the garden for them and our garden is very rarely squirrel free between 9am – 3pm! 

In regard to the mentioned Whites, the slightly larger of the two is a daily visitor and is not bothered if l am sat in the garden when he (or she) arrives, in fact he has even ventured to the back door when l was an hour late putting out the feast! I have attached some lovely pictures of him for you. These were all taken in our back garden. 

The other White is very slightly smaller and only has half a tail! He isn't such a regular visitor but has been around more often over the last couple of weeks. He also isn’t as easy to photograph as he is a lot more nervous and shy in comparison! 

All the squirrels that visit us are very amusing and definitely pleasant timewasters! 

Regards  Lisa Cole

Friday 22nd February

On our walk today we met a white squirrel routing slowly through the undergrowth in our nearest “bluebell” wood below Upham village, Hampshire.  He had a beautiful fluffy tail and was unfazed by our approach;  he just gazed up at us, under our feet, with his pink eyes (he was that close) and then carried on with his explorations.  Unfortunately we did not have our camera with us but we could have taken some wonderful close-up pictures. 

Best wishes, John and Margaret Barmby

From Bishop’s Waltham

There was a white squirrel in our Portsdown garden last week (picture right) and again on 13th Nov.  JG

 

 

 

A white squirrel was on the small piece of land near Pier Rd Southsea—opposite the Holiday Inn this week.  w/e 15th Oct 2012.  This animal was seen again in w/e 18th Nov 2012.

20th September 2012:  White squirrel sighted again in Frogmore Lane, Lovedean on Tuesday  - (not seen it for a while).  Katie Mann

  

14th September 2012:  I work at Southdowns College, Crookhorn Hampshire and saw a white squirrel on the path next to the college (on college road) going into the woods. This was this evening at 6:30 - nearly crashed my car trying to see what it was!  Dan Jeram

Just to let you know I saw an albino squirrel climbing a tree at Southwick yesterday right outside the defence police training school otherwise known as the old HMS Dryad base    Best wishes,  Joanne Hipkiss  11 Apr 2013

1st September 2012 Just seen a white squirrel just by Norfolk Street in Southsea!  Gemma Noakes

Whilst walking out this morning with my wife, Ingrid and our Border Collie, Rosie we spotted a white squirrel having fun in Jubilee Park, Waterlooville at about 0620.  It looked like a fairly young one, playing with a few grey ones.  Thanks  Iain McAllister-Derry 28th May 2012

My wife and I spotted a white squirrel from our lounge window in trees along Frogmore Lane, Horndean Hampshire at 8.40 this morning [3 april 2012 Regards, Liam and Chrissy

White squirrel  1 was running from tree to tree Victoria Park Portsmouth   14,03 ,12 Chris Brown

 

White squirrel  one   Horndean  Hampshire 05.02.2012  I have done a video of the pictures, not brilliant photos I'm afraid, had the wrong lens! I know there are a pair of them so I hope to be back with more! This is the link.....  http://video214.com/play/LAu3Yt2gQXkRAmM3IabEVg/s/dark  Penny Plimmer

 

 

2 Feb 2012

Just to let you know that the white squirrel is being seen very regularly on Frogmore Lane in Horndean. Yesterday, one was fully stretched out on the trunk of a tree basking dreamily and sunning itself. There is another one but we only occasionally two at once.  Katie Mann

One white squirrel was in Kingston Cemetery Portsmouth am on 15th November 2011.   Chris Lee

 

I have just seen an albino squirrel sitting in a tree on Frogmore Lane, Horndean hants.  Katie Mann 12 Oct 2011.   This is easily the most northerly local sighting I have heard of.  JG

White squirrel in Sandy Dell again this morning.  A local resident informed me that there are three there.  Adele 31 Oct 2011.

I can’t guarantee the truth of reports that are three at Sandy Dell but I saw with my own eyes two there this morning happily foraging alongside two greys. Adele 7th Nov.

 Albino grey squirrel  31/10/11   15:00  Kingston Cemetery Portsmouth  surprised to see it chase a grey squirrel.  A green woodpecker was seen today.  Chris lee

I am not sure you need this info. I first reported seeing one several weeks ago in the same place - and I see from your Newletters that you are getting other sightings of more  in other areas.  Anyway, I thought I would send to you again, just in case it is of interest...   Katie Mann  22 Nov 2011.

Lancashire

Saw white squirrel in my back garden Couple of months ago. Rushed to get my camera but it was gone when I returned. I live in Southport Northwest England.  Submitted Dec 2014 by Paul Whelan.

 

white squirrel in Blackpool 16/17th August 2013.  Jill Webster - click for her picture of the squirrel.

Lincolnshire

I live in Louth, Lincolnshire and my husband has today spotted a white squirrel in the wooded area behind our house! He looked at the pictures and says it was white and had black eyes, so not an albino. It was slightly bigger than the gray squirrel it was chasing and had a big white fluffy tail!!  

Catherine Burton-Rayer 

London

A white squirrel was seen in WANDSWORTH cemetery  nicking some flowers of some graves

I've never seen one before -  tried to take picture - by the time I'd got the phone out it had gone   Alan Morris

Spotted in Earlsfield London. Magdalen rd cemetery.  Tina Green 26 Feb 2017.

 

Hi we saw a large white squirrel (with black eyes) on Sunday 30th October whilst walking through Earlsfield Cemetery London SW18. Given its unearthly appearance, the location and the proximity of the date to Halloween we thought at first that it might be a squirrel ghost!  Kate Eaton

A white squirrel is living at the back of our gardens - seen often in one of 4 gardens. Beautiful and rare sight! Eileen Peach  London sw2  Feb 2015

 

 

 

I just saw a white squirrel in west Dulwich, London next to the train tracks.  Thanks   Sophie  Lowe

 

 

White squirrel spotted in  Upper Norwood SE19 1QW at 07.10 this morning   Mark lewis

10th September 2012: 

Saw a very friendly white squirrel in Brunswick park SE5 London this morning. No picture I am afraid I have not been to the park for ages so don’t know how often he is there but will go back and report further..and take my camera.   Clare Magness

I saw one today in my garden in Belmont Sutton SM2 5NR if this helps.   Kind Regards   Shaun Price  23 Aug 2012

Mark Nourse managed to get a distant shot of a white squirrel in Cheam on 1st May.

Northamptonshire

Hi my husband and I have also just seen a white squirrel in our garden in Bromham Bedford MK43 8SP.  Julie Pryle 2/07/2017

 

 

I spotted an Albino Squirrel in my back garden in Northampton, I didn't think much of it until I looked it up on the internet!

Nottinghamshire

Don't know whether you are the right person to report to but I saw an albino squirrel today - being chased by a grey squirrel - in the garden of my partner's house in Nottingham - NG35DF - don't know if that's of any interest to anybody but I understand they are pretty rare (very pretty!). 

Regards  Bryan Ruskin

Northumberland

A white squirrel was seen in Berwick on Tweed in the week ending 17th June 2017.  Agnes MS


Leicestershire

Spotted white squirrel today 5th February in the trees behind our house in Narborough, Leicestershire. Gone before time to photograph.

Doug Graham.

Warwickshire

Hi John

I have seen a white squirrel twice and a friend saw a family of 4 about a month ago in the same place.  It was near Draycote Warwickshire. The one I saw was very white and bushy tailed

Regards   James Walker 20 Jan 2014.

Scotland

 

 

 

Saw a white squirrel in a tree in our garden yesterday. Googled and came across your page.  Didn't manage a pic but will keep an eye for an opportunity. I am in North Berwick.  Cath Currie  June 2017

 

 

Hi there, not been able to get a photo yet but we have a white (? albino) squirrel living in small wooded area close to our house in Livingston. We've seen it almost daily for the past month.  Regards   Pat Bamford

 

 

 

Just a quick message to let you know that myself and my partner spotted a white squirrel today in Deans in Livingston, West Lothian. 17 dec 2016             Many thanks  Linsey McEwan

 

Hi just wanted to let you know my family and I spotted a white squirrel  at Livingston in Scotland  a week ago,  tried to get a photo but we're not quick enough. Was amazing to see though.  Hugh Callaghan April 2016

 

 

I had a white Squirrel in my garden today at 8am 3/10/15 in Marshfield Grove, the Blackball area of Edinburgh. It looked amazing, I tried to get a picture but it ran off too quickly Adam Dzierzek (Edinburgh)

Just a quick note to let you know that I saw my first ever white squirrel in Edinburgh on Saturday January 5th 2012. It was in the gardens in a block of flats in the Barnton district of Edinburgh.  Cheers  Jackie McCabe    [Another Scottish record - and they have red ones as well!]

 

 

We saw a white squirrel in Polmont, Falkirk central Scotland. Between Montrose Road and Taymouth road, on the morning of the 11th Nov 2012

Regards,   Graeme  Webb.     

Unfortunately, no photo, but I've just seen a white squirrel foraging beneath a large copper beech near my home in Gifford, East Lothian, Scotland.  Best wishes  Linda Hummell 1st Feb 2011

Wales

One of my friends has spotted an Albino Squirrel in Gilwern, Monmouthshire. Nov 2016 Lianne Walters

 

 

White squirrel in Gilwern abergavenny. Nov 2015.  (Tania Cleveland)


Overseas

 

 

Hi , I saw white squirrel in KENILWORTH Cape Town on 30th March at 8.00 , Mike

 

 

I have a cute little white squirrel in my back yard in Huntsville, Alabama.  He’s pretty quick and shy, and high up in the tree, I can’t get him with my cell phone, I can’t get a picture.  At first I thought I was crazy.  But, today April 20, 2013 I watched him for a while...amazing, absolutely amazing. he is a bit fussy.   E Mail from dryalstone.

 

Hi I saw a white squirrel in Kenilworth Cape Town South Africa couldn't snap it for you as I was en route somewhere.  

I don't know much about squirrels but the ones we have over here are predominantly grey so assume it is an albino. I couldn't get a closer look at any defining features a pleasant surprise non the less. Dale Hoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Pictures

 

white squirrel in Blackpool 16/17th August 2013

 

Adele Mallows pictures on 30th April in Purbrook.

 

This is Michael Kozdon's picture from Gloucester 18 March 2012.

A sleepy white squirrel at Lovedean Hampshire - 2 Mar

 

 

Chris Sutton's November 2011 pictures taken in Kingston Cemetery Portsmouth

   

 

white squireel in my garden  A white squirrel in my own garden in February 2010.  White squirrel at Sandy Dell Another at Sandy dell Purbrook at the end of October 2011.  Phot by Adele Mallows

 


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