Events


A calendar of red squirrel conservation or tree health related events from the UK Squirrel Accord and various partners and stakeholders. Add your event to this page by emailing info@squirrelaccord.uk. Watch recordings of previous online events via our YouTube channel.



Upcoming Events…



20 - 26 September ~ Red Squirrel Awareness Week (UK)

This annual awareness week is dedicated to red squirrels and their conservation. Keep an eye on this page for events to get involved in around the UK - including our online update (see below for details and click here to register).




20 - 26 September ~ Great Scottish Squirrel Survey (Scotland)

During Red Squirrel Awareness Week, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels asks people across Scotland to go outdoors, explore nature and lookout for tufted ears and bushy tails for their Great Scottish Squirrel Survey. Report your sightings of both red and grey squirrels to help provide a snapshot of the situation.


Take part anywhere in Scotland. Last year over 2100 people reported 3160 squirrel sightings in just one week. Help make this year’s survey even greater. Click here to record your sightings on the SSRS website.




20 - 25 September - Red Squirrel Awareness Week events (Scotland)

There are lots of online and in-person events taking place across Scotland for Red Squirrel Awareness Week, including livestreams, walks and our UK Squirrel Accord UK update (more details of our event below). Click here for further information and to sign up to take part.




21 September ~ 16:30-17:30 ~ Red Squirrels Week Livestream (online)

For Red Squirrel Awareness Week, National Trust Area Ranger Toby will be live from Mount Stewart’s red squirrel hide in Northern Ireland. Find out about the latest updates and conservation progress while watching the red squirrels and other wildlife. Toby will also be answering your questions. If you cannot join live then you can send in your questions in advance and they will include them for you to catch up later. Click here to find out more and access the ‘Watch Live Video’ button when they are online. Also, click here to watch previous livestreams.




22 September ~ 10:00-12:00 ~ Red Squirrel Conservation UK Update 2021 (online)

Join the UK Squirrel Accord’s red squirrel conservation update webinar for Red Squirrel Awareness Week 2021. Catch up on the UK-wide situation from leading professionals working to protect and enhance red squirrel populations in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales. Our presenters are…


Dr Mel Tonkin - Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels
Katy Bell - Ulster Wildlife
Stephen Trotter - Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Dr Craig Shuttleworth - Red Squirrels Trust Wales


Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4ws-1DksSRylyOaDwyhnBA




23 September ~ 09:15-11:30 ~ Red Squirrel Walk (Northern Ireland)

For Red Squirrel Awareness Week Ulster Wildlife Trust is inviting you to join them for a visit to Glenarm nature reserve to spot signs of red squirrel activity, and maybe even red squirrels themselves. They will also talk about the reserve itself. Click here for more information and to book in advance.




25 September ~ 10:00-16:00 ~ Red Squirrel Awareness Week Events (Isle of Wight)

Quarr Abbey: the monks invited The Isle of Wight Red Squirrel Trust (IOWRST) to have a stand in the Abbey’s beautiful grounds - Quarr Abbey, Quarr Road, PO33 4ES. Red squirrel information will be available and IOWRST will also be gathering sightings data. Do come along and tell them about your sightings and garden squirrels. All data is crucial to the work of sister charity The Wight Squirrel Project.


There will also be a raffle to win red squirrel adoptions and beautiful and unique red squirrel photo books created by a fabulous volunteer during lockdown. Quarr Abbey also has a wonderful woodland walk, where you may catch a glimpse of a red squirrel. Quarr Explorers Kits are available for kids to borrow to really make the most of the trail. Kits contain binoculars, a bug pot and activity cards to help get everyone involved.


Wootten Bridge Art & Craft Fair: as part of Bridge Fest IOWRST will be at this lovely fair at Wootton Bridge Community Centre, Brannon Way, PO33 4NW. They will be taking sightings for The Wight Squirrel Project and giving out information, as well as offering some delicious jams, chutneys, cakes, aprons, quilts, books and other wonderful goodies for sale




25 September ~ 18:30 ~ Red Squirrel Awareness Week Talk (England)

To celebrate Red Squirrel Awareness Week, the Reclaiming Reds team will be delivering a free in-person talk at Knowsley Safari. The talk will provide an overview of what the project is doing to make Knowsley a place where red squirrels can thrive and will give details on how the community can get involved in our conservation work. Click here to book tickets for this family friendly talk.


Red Squirrel Awareness Week Talk



25 September - 22 October ~ Guided Red Squirrel Walks (Brownsea Island)

Join a dedicated National Trust volunteer for a free guided walk around Brownsea in search red squirrels. Learn about life on Brownsea, including what makes the island a red squirrel sanctuary and pick up some squirrel spotting tips. Walks are offered on a daily basis, subject to volunteer availability, at 11am and 1:30pm, ask at reception on arrival. If a walk is unable to take place, staff and volunteers will still offer advice on where to try and spot squirrels at this time of year - a busy time for reds as they prepare for winter.





25 September - 22 October ~ Guided Red Squirrel Walks (Brownsea Island)

Join a dedicated National Trust volunteer for a free guided walk around Brownsea in search red squirrels. Learn about life on Brownsea, including what makes the island a red squirrel sanctuary and pick up some squirrel spotting tips. Walks are offered on a daily basis, subject to volunteer availability, at 11am and 1:30pm, ask at reception on arrival. If a walk is unable to take place, staff and volunteers will still offer advice on where to try and spot squirrels at this time of year - a busy time for reds as they prepare for winter.




16 October - 31 October ~ Red Squirrel Scurry (Isle of Wight)

Red squirrels scurry around looking for food before hiding it away ready for winter. Find where the squirrel and his friends are stashing their food as you explore the Isle of Wight’s Mottistone Gardens. Discover what animals and wildlife visit Mottistone and how the garden provides food and shelter for their survival. Follow the trail the squirrel has left for you around the borders, vegetable patch and wild area. This is a free activity but standard National Trust admission applies - members free. Click to find out more.





27 November - 05 December ~ National Tree Week

The Tree Council established National Tree Week in 1975. It is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March each year). A variety of events are planned and everyone is encouraged to take part. Find out more and get involved.





27 November - 05 December ~ National Tree Week

The Tree Council established National Tree Week in 1975. It is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March each year). A variety of events are planned and everyone is encouraged to take part. Find out more and get involved.





Past events - catch up on recordings of and/or information from previous events


Woodland invasives: grey squirrels webinar - May 2021

Watch a recording of our webinar for Invasive Species Week 2021. Conservation professionals Kay Haw, UK Squirrel Accord, Heinz Traut, Red Squirrels Northern England, and Bridget Johnson, Knowsley Safari, offer an overview of woodland invasives with a focus on the issues grey squirrels pose to broadleaf tree health and endangered red squirrels in the UK, and the importance of managing negative impacts.


UKSA fertility control research update - March 2021

An online event to mark the mid-point of our grey squirrel fertility control research project. Hear updates on progress from the expert Animal and Plant Health Agency team - Dr Giovanna Massei, Rebecca Pinkham, Sarah Beatham and Simon Crofts - conducting this research being funded by the UK Squirrel Accord and supporters. Watch a video of the presentations and Q&A session.


National Tree Week webinar - December 2020

Launch of our grey squirrel tree damage short film. Alongside talks from Fera Science Ltd’s Dr Charles Lane, on tree pests and pathogens and the potential for grey squirrel bark stripping to exacerbate these tree health issues, and the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s Dr Giovanna Massei, discussing human-wildlife conflicts and grey squirrel fertility control research. Watch a video of the webinar.


Grey squirrel damage webinar - September 2020

Leading woodland professionals - Graham Taylor, Daniel Small and David Bliss - discuss the impacts and challenges created by grey squirrel bark stripping, and work to protect trees from this damage in a webinar to mark National Plant Health Week 2020. It includes an introductory message from Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). Watch a video of the webinar.


Red Squirrel Conservation Update webinar - September 2020

Leading experts from around the UK - Stephen Trotter, Craig Shuttleworth, Katy Bell, Michael Stinson and Mel Tonkin - provide updates on red squirrel conservation work from the four countries and answer key questions from attendees in a webinar to celebrate Red Squirrel Awareness Week 2020. It includes an introductory message from Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). Watch a video of the webinar.


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