Grey Squirrel Population Control UK

Grey Squirrel control has been highlighted in the press and throughout Shooting magazines lately. Tackling the ever-growing grey squirrel population across the UK is going to be a lengthy job!

Some helpful advice can be found on the BASC website.

Along with the Forestry Commission Grey Squirrel Policy

Grey Squirrel Population Control Key Facts

Since their introduction into Britain in the 1870s grey squirrels have spread rapidly. The grey squirrel is a significant factor in the decline of the native red squirrel population in the UK.

Grey squirrels can cause serious problems for foresters, native wildlife and gamekeepers. The bark stripping from tree trunks during the months of May and June, damages stands of timber and natural woodland. For Gamekeepers damage to hoppers, feed bins and water pipes can cause serious and costly shoot management problems.

Grey squirrels have limited legal protection and can be controlled all year round by a variety of methods including shooting, trapping and poisoning. It is an offence under section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) to re-introduce and release grey squirrels into the wild.

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UDPATE: Warfarin Poisoning

The EU licence for the production and sale of warfarin as a grey squirrel bait ended on 30 September 2014. Manufacturers and stockists are no longer able to sell warfarin to control grey squirrels. However, users who have stocks of it left can use it until 30 September 2015.

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