We are lucky to have the Flying Squirrel living in Nuuksio, where it has been found to inhabit nearly 200 forests. Speaking of which, the Flying Squirrel has one of its densest European populations precisely in Nuuksio district. It's time to take actions to ensure the living conditions of this special and endangered resident in the future as well.
In the EU region, the Flying Squirrel is found only in Finland and Estonia. The main threats are destruction of its habitats, fragmentation and lack of knowledge. It's hard to handle that this sympathetic glider is facing serious threats. Fortunately the Flying Squirrel is strictly protected by both the Finnish and the European Union legislation and the destruction or deterioration of its habitats is prohibited. EU has started a project (Life Programme 2018-2025) to improve conservation of the Flying Squirrel in the EU by improving viable habitat networks.
In the shelter of our forests
Flying Squirrels prefer old spruce-dominated, rich mixed wood forests that offer food and woodpecker holes for nests. Large spruces are good for nests and also offer shelter to protect from beasts.
The Flying Squirrel is very loyal to it's habitats and uses the same forests and the same tree cavities for sleeping and nesting for all their lives. The squirrel glides from tree to tree using a special flap of loose skin that connects its back and front limbs. It can glide dozens of meters. Flying squirrels avoid crossing large open fields.
The Flying Squirrel is on the move at night and has big, black eyes to see well in the dark. Though it might be difficult to actually meet those wonderful animals daytime - you can always try your luck. The nursing female squirrel eats also in the afternoon, so it might be possible to see a Flying Squirrel in daylight during summer.
If hiking in Nuuksio and looking for signs of the Flying Squirrel, you should head to Nahkiaspolku or the Myllypuro valley.