Meet Mawson, the Red Squirrel

Have you met our Mawson, the Red Squirrel? When you next come to Holgates’ Silverdale holiday park, you really can’t miss him.

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He’s our brand-new mascot, and he’s eager to make new friends, so pay him a visit. We’re simply over the moon to have him! Just look at how cute he is:

Image: Our red squirrel, Mawson.

Who is Mawson?

Our sweet Mawson was born on the 21st of June of 2011, which means he just turned 7 years old. We bet he celebrated his birthday with lots of yummy treats, like delicious nuts and berries.

Mawson was made from a huge larch tree that was taken down at the Langdale Chase Hotel and carved there over 2.5 days. He now happily welcomes visitors to Holgates, a job he takes very seriously. In the eyes of everyone at Holgates, he truly is the perfect mascot for our park.

After all, red squirrels used to be seen around Holgates Silverdale when the Holgate family first came to Silverdale, and Michael Holgate and the Westmorland Red Squirrels (an organisation working to raise awareness about red squirrels and how they’re threatened) have been trying to reintroduce them to the area ever since.

Image: Michael Holgate with Bob Hamnet and Bob Cartwright of the Westmorland Reds with Mawson.

Mawson lives at Holgates Silverdale, where you can visit him anytime you wish. The timber-carved squirrel used to live in Windermere before coming to stay with us forever, after we won him at a charity auction.

All of us love red squirrels, so we just had to have Mawson. And the Holgates’ logo is the red squirrel as well, so a more perfect combination couldn’t exist – a true match made in heaven.

Image: So happy when we won Mawson.

When you next see Mawson, don’t forget to take a picture with him. Our friendly red squirrel is more than happy to pose with you and will look adorable in any photo you take. You’ll also have a keepsake that you can cherish forever and show to all your friends – or share it with us on @holgatescaravanparks. 

How Much do You Know About Red Squirrels?

We’ll leave you with some facts about these amazing animals, so that you can impress your family and friends with your knowledge on red squirrels when you show off your Mawson photo:

  • Red squirrels are good swimmers and can even hang upside down.
  • They’re shy and like to be alone when temperatures are warmer.
  • Red squirrels eat things like fungi, berries, seeds, flowers and nuts.
  • Beatrix Potter’s Squirrel Nutkin is a red squirrel.
  • Red squirrels moult their ear tufts once a year (in late autumn).
  • They weigh the same as four Mars bars or a pack of biscuits (275-300g).
  • Baby red squirrels are called kittens.
  • They can be left or right-handed.


Red squirrels are still rare in the UK but, with conservation, sightings of these beautiful squirrels may become more and more common. Who knows, you might even get a glimpse of a fluffy tail or a gorgeous red coat as you stroll around our Holgates park.