Why do red squirrels matter?

The plight of the red squirrel is recognised in local, regional, national and international conservation policies and approaches. It is afforded the highest level of protection under UK law.

 

Red squirrels and the law

The red squirrel is a protected species in the UK and is included in Schedules 5 and 6 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (WCA) (amended by the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000). It is an offence to intentionally kill or injure a red squirrel or intentionally or recklessly damage or destroy any structure or place a red squirrel uses for shelter or protection, or disturb a red squirrel while it occupies such a place. Therefore you must be very careful about when and where you fell any trees.

 

CRST fully supports the following plans / frameworks and initiatives:

 

The Natural Recovery Plan for Wales

The plan aims to address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by putting nature at the heart of decision-making; increasing the resilience of the natural environment and taking specific action for habitats and species.

 

You can read about this here:

https://www.biodiversitywales.org.uk/Nature-Recovery-Action-Plan

 

Grey Squirrel Management Action Plan for Wales

The plan sets out the Welsh government’s view and approach to the interventions and actions needed to reduce the effect of grey squirrels on red squirrel populations and woodlands.

 

You can read about this here:

https://beta.gov.wales/grey-squirrel-management-action-plan-for-wales

 

Conservation Plan for Red Squirrels in Wales (including the review of progress and update 2018)

The Wales Squirrel Forum (WSF) and Wales Squirrel Partnership (WSP), aim to enable effective red squirrel conservation and grey squirrel management in Wales.

 

The Wales Squirrel Forum is made up of statutory, non-statutory organisations and local groups and aims to coordinate, support and provide advice on the implementation of the UK Red Squirrel Species Action Plan in Wales and also the recently agreed targets and actions for Wales.

 

The Wales Squirrel Partnership provides a mechanism for information exchange and networking and membership is open to those with an interest in red squirrel conservation and grey squirrel management in Wales.

 

You can read about this here:

https://naturalresourceswales.gov.uk/guidance-and-advice/environmental-topics/wildlife-and-biodiversity/uk-protected-species/red-and-grey-squirrels/?lang=en

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