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 Watch recordings of previous online events via our YouTube channel.

Upcoming and awareness events…

08 May ~ The Big Help Out

To mark His Majesty The King’s Coronation, organisations across the country are getting together to encourage people to help out in their local communities. To support red squirrels you could volunteer with or donate to a local red squirrel community group and/or report your squirrel sightings.

09-15 May ~ Plant Health Week

Help raise awareness of the tree impacts of grey squirrel bark stripping damage and share evidence using #planthealthweek and #barkstripping. Link to our video on Twitter.

10 May ~ 10:00-12:00 ~ Grey squirrel impact assessment webinar

The National Forest’s Ed Hiorns provides an overview of how to use the grey squirrel impact and assessment methodology to assess bark stripping damage to trees in woods. This can contribute to a better understanding of damage levels and to more effective management. Register here for the joining link.

13-21 May ~ Urban Tree Festival

See the website for details coming soon:

15-21 May ~ Invasive Species Week

An in-person training event will be delivered at The National Forest. It will focus on how to conduct the grey squirrel impact assessment using the methodology. This will link to the weekend’s Get INNSvolved events. Find out more.

01 – 07 June ~ Volunteers’ Week

05 June ~ World Environment Day

06 – 12 June ~ Garden Wildlife Week

28 August ~ World Nature Conservation Day

October ~ Squirrel Awareness Month

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03 October ~ World Habitat Day

04 October ~ World Animal Day

24 – 30 October ~ National Mammal Week

26 November – 04 December ~ National Tree Week

26 November – 04 December ~ National Tree Week

01 December ~ Tree Dressing Day

21 January ~ Red Squirrel Appreciation Day

11 February ~ International Women and Girls in Science Day

03 March ~ World Wildlife Day

21 March ~ International Day of Forests

22 April ~ International Mother Earth Day

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

UKSA grey squirrel fertility control research update webinar - July 2022

Watch the update on our research into a grey squirrel oral contraceptive and species specific feeding hopper, funded by the UK Squirrel Accord and supporters. Now in the fourth of the five-year project, the expert Animal and Plant Health Agency team carrying out the research discuss achievements during our third year and work taking place this year. A Q&A follows the presentations.

Red Squirrel Conservation UK Update 2021 - September 2021

Watch the video of 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. Hear from Dr Mel Tonkin of Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, Katy Bell of Ulster Wildlife, Stephen Trotter of Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Dr Craig Shuttleworth of Red Squirrels Trust Wales.

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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