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    Red Squirrel Week, 4-12 Oct

    Red Squirrel Week, 4-12 Oct
    With their distinctive russet fur, tufted ears and twitching tail, a red squirrel is always a captivating sight in the forests of the UK. Yet these flashes of red are becoming more and more scarce - the current population is estimated to be only 160,000.

    Walks, talks and learning guided walks will be taking place across the country, and are all run by organisations involved in red squirrel conservation work during Red Squirrel Week.

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    Help the red squirrels...

    Eat the grey ones!!

    Spiced squirrel popcorn recipe


    Grey squirrel is a fine-tasting meat, not unlike free-range chicken. This is a wonderfully fast way to eat meat, ideal if you are tired and hungry.
    It will provide your body with protein, starch and calories. It is delicious dipped in home-made aioli and it is absolutely delicious with beer, if you can find a local brewery on your travels.
    Feeds 4-6
    Ingredients
    [LIST]
    [*]2–3 squirrel (or 2 chicken breasts or 300–400g pork tenderloin)
    [*]1 tablespoon fish sauce or soy sauce
    [*]50g arrowroot
    [*]vegetable oil, for frying[/LIST]For the spiced salt:
    [LIST]
    [*]1 teaspoon fennel seeds
    [*]1 teaspoon allspice
    [*]1 blade of mace
    [*]75g salt
    [*]1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme or sage leaves (optional)[/LIST]Method: How to make spiced squirrel popcorn


    1. To make the spiced salt, using a pestle and mortar grind all the spices into a fine powder and mix this into the salt with the herbs (if using).
    2. Take the meat off the squirrel and cut it into thin slivers. Toss the meat in the fish or soy sauce and then in the arrowroot.
    3. Heat the oil in a large deep pan over a high heat until it is shimmering. Test the heat by touching the oil with a piece of meat. If it sizzles, the oil is hot enough to fry the squirrel. Do this in small batches, so that the pieces do not crowd the pan and thus bring down the temperature of the oil.
    4. When the squirrel has turned crispy and golden, remove it with a slotted spoon and drain on some kitchen paper. Sprinkle the spiced salt over it and serve.

    Original Poster

    Young children always seem to like this sort of thing
    There are some learning links here with an A4 poster you can download which shows the difference between red and grey squirrels
    saveoursquirrels.org/pge…tml
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