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Control of invasive non-native species - Grey Squirrels

You must comply with the guidance set out in Forestry Commission Practice Note 4 'Controlling Grey Squirrel Damage to Woodlands', Forestry Commission Practice Note 5 'Red Squirrel Conservation' and the survey methods set out in the Practical Techniques for Surveying and Monitoring Squirrels.

Trapping - live multi-capture traps must not be used where Red Squirrels are present. When traps are set for Grey Squirrels they are legally required to be checked at least once a day for animals. The number of trap sessions appropriate to your site should be informed by monitoring the grey squirrel populations. The minimum number of trapping sessions required per year per unit area trapped is 4 but 6 sessions are the minimum if Grey Squirrels are present all year. This should be undertaken at all sites to be trapped, to ensure effective control and prevent re-colonisation. The payment rate shown is based on an average of 5 sessions per annum.

Live capture traps for the protection of broadleaf stands must only be set between April and September as Grey Squirrels do not strip bark at any other time of year.

Any Grey Squirrels captured in the traps must be humanely dispatched without delay.

All trapping must be carried out in accordance with the Forestry Commission published guidance on Grey Squirrel control and can be in compliance with animal welfare requirements.

Within the south of Scotland, trapped Grey Squirrels may be required to be submitted for testing of the Squirrelpox virus. This will be undertaken under the supervision of the Grey Squirrel control officers employed by government bodies or their appointed agents.