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Cairngorms photographer Neil McIntyre has dedicated 20 years to following the lives of his local red squirrels. His images - the result
of countless hours of watching and waiting - shine a light on one of Britain’s most celebrated mammals. But perhaps more importantly, they help to make the case for a wilder Scotland.

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Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on forest floor with autumn leaves Highlands, Scotland, UK, October.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on forest floor with autumn leaves Highlands, Scotland, UK, October.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) with  autumn colours, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK. October.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) with autumn colours, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK. October.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in mature pine forest habitat, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in mature pine forest habitat, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK
Red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) feeding next to each other on old tree stump, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, February.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) feeding next to each other on old tree stump, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, February.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) tail in summer seen against bark of large pine tree. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. August.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) tail in summer seen against bark of large pine tree. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. August.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on branch in autumnal forest, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, October  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on branch in autumnal forest, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, October
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) climbing tree trunk with autumn leaves, Highlands, Scotland, October 2015.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) climbing tree trunk with autumn leaves, Highlands, Scotland, October 2015.
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in leaf litter in autumnal woodland, Highlands, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, October 2015.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in leaf litter in autumnal woodland, Highlands, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, October 2015.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) sitting on Chicken of the Woods fungus (Laetiporus), Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, June.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) sitting on Chicken of the Woods fungus (Laetiporus), Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, June.
Curious Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) peering at camera from garden fence, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, September 2016. Highly commended in the Animal Portraits category of the...  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Curious Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) peering at camera from garden fence, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, September 2016. Highly commended in the Animal Portraits category of the...
Red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) three chasing each other round oak tree, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, April.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) three chasing each other round oak tree, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, April.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in summer coat on Scots pine tree trunk, Highlands, Scotland  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in summer coat on Scots pine tree trunk, Highlands, Scotland
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) amongst Bell heather (Erica cinerea) Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, August.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) amongst Bell heather (Erica cinerea) Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, August.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) silhouetted against autumnal woodland, Highlands, Scotland, UK, October. Winner of the Seasons Category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) competition 20...  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) silhouetted against autumnal woodland, Highlands, Scotland, UK, October. Winner of the Seasons Category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) competition 20...
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) hit by falling snow, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, March.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) hit by falling snow, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, March.
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in mid leap, the Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, November.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in mid leap, the Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, November.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) gnawing red deer antler for minerals, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, June.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) gnawing red deer antler for minerals, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, June.
View over Uath Lochans surrounded by pine forest looking towards the Cairngorm mountains, Highlands,  Scotland, UK, October.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / View over Uath Lochans surrounded by pine forest looking towards the Cairngorm mountains, Highlands, Scotland, UK, October.
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in mature pine forest habitat,  Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, April.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in mature pine forest habitat, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, April.
Scots pine tree (Pinus sylvestris) lone pine surrounded by young pine seedlings, Abernethy forest, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, September 2016.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Scots pine tree (Pinus sylvestris) lone pine surrounded by young pine seedlings, Abernethy forest, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, September 2016.
Red Squirrel (sciurus vulgaris) foraging in pine tree, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, February,  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red Squirrel (sciurus vulgaris) foraging in pine tree, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, February,
Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) forest looking skywards towards forest canopy. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, December  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) forest looking skywards towards forest canopy. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, December
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) climbing down  Scots pine tree, with heather in bloom, Highlands, Scotland, UK, August.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) climbing down Scots pine tree, with heather in bloom, Highlands, Scotland, UK, August.
Becky Priestley, Wildlife Officer with Trees for Life, preparing cage trap to catch red squirrels as part of their reintroduction to the north west Highlands, Moray, Scotland, UK.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Becky Priestley, Wildlife Officer with Trees for Life, preparing cage trap to catch red squirrels as part of their reintroduction to the north west Highlands, Moray, Scotland, UK.
Sign erected alerting drivers to red squirrels crossing road, Shieldaig, Wester Ross, Scotland, UK.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Sign erected alerting drivers to red squirrels crossing road, Shieldaig, Wester Ross, Scotland, UK.
Capercailie  (Tetrao urogallus) male displaying from branch of Scots pine tree. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, March.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Capercailie (Tetrao urogallus) male displaying from branch of Scots pine tree. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, March.
Red deer stag (Cervus elaphus) in rugged habitat standing next to old gnarled Scots pine tree, Western Highlands,  Scotland, UK, December.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red deer stag (Cervus elaphus) in rugged habitat standing next to old gnarled Scots pine tree, Western Highlands, Scotland, UK, December.
Chickweed wintergreen ( Trientalis europaea) flower, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, June.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Chickweed wintergreen ( Trientalis europaea) flower, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, June.
Scots Pine forest (Pinus sylvestris) with early morning misty light filtering through the forest. Cairngorm National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, October 2014.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Scots Pine forest (Pinus sylvestris) with early morning misty light filtering through the forest. Cairngorm National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, October 2014.
Crested tit (Lophophanes cristatus) taking flight from pine tree in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Crested tit (Lophophanes cristatus) taking flight from pine tree in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February.
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) burying food, Highlands,  Scotland, UK, October.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) burying food, Highlands, Scotland, UK, October.
Scots pine (Pinus sylvestis) cone that been partially chewed / eaten by a Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)  on lichen covered forest floor. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, August.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Scots pine (Pinus sylvestis) cone that been partially chewed / eaten by a Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on lichen covered forest floor. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, August.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) feeding on pine cone in purple heather covered pine forest. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, September 2015.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) feeding on pine cone in purple heather covered pine forest. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, September 2015.
Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) fallen oak leaf and acorns on moss,  Highlands, Scotland, October.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) fallen oak leaf and acorns on moss, Highlands, Scotland, October.
Wet tree bark of Scots pine tree (Pinus sylvestris) Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, November.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Wet tree bark of Scots pine tree (Pinus sylvestris) Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, November.
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) tossing away the husk from hazelnut, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, November.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) tossing away the husk from hazelnut, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, November.
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in winter, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, December.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in winter, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, December.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) testing nut. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, November.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) testing nut. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, November.
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) foot prints in snow, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) foot prints in snow, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) sitting on an old giant gnarled Oak tree. Highlands, Scotland, UK, January. Highly Commended in the Habitat Category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) C...  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) sitting on an old giant gnarled Oak tree. Highlands, Scotland, UK, January. Highly Commended in the Habitat Category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) C...
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) nibbling on oak buds, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) nibbling on oak buds, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) with stripped bark for bedding material for drey. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, March.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) with stripped bark for bedding material for drey. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, March.
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) scratching,  Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, May.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) scratching, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, May.
Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) reaching up and standing on hind legs. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, March.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) reaching up and standing on hind legs. Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, March.
Two young Red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) near drey, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, September 2015.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Two young Red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) near drey, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, September 2015.
Red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) interacting, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) interacting, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, January.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) watching another. Cairngorms National Park ,Highlands, Scotland, UK, April.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) watching another. Cairngorms National Park ,Highlands, Scotland, UK, April.
Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) leaping between pine trees in forest in late afternoon light, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, April.  -  SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) leaping between pine trees in forest in late afternoon light, Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, UK, April.
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