Our gray squirrel policy and action plan reaffirms government’s commitment to work with land owners and other organisations as part of a reinforced package of measures to support targeted grey squirrel control to protect both red squirrels and woodlands.
The action plan includes:
- Additional measure in forestry options of Countryside Stewardship for land managers to control grey squirrels (not just in red squirrel areas but in woodlands where squirrels are a threat to management plan objectives)
- Plans for a national squirrel partnership to help local groups outside of grant schemes
- Support for research and evidence (for example squirrel pox vaccine and fertility control work)
- Taking action on its land holding (public forest estate)