Events


A calendar of red squirrel conservation or tree health related events across the UK from various partners and stakeholders. To add your event to this page please email info@squirrelaccord.uk




28 November - 06 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). There are lots of events taking place.


Find out more and get involved.



02 December ~ UK Squirrel Accord webinar for National Tree Week ~ 13:00-15:00

Register and join us for our National Tree Week webinar. We will be releasing our new Focus on Forestry First funded video raising awareness of grey squirrel bark stripping issues and solutions. Along with speakers:


Dr Giovanna Massei discussing human-wildlife conflicts and our grey squirrel fertility control project.

Dr Charles Lane looking at the potential for grey squirrel bark stripping to exacerbate emerging tree pests and pathogens.


Register in advance using the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SW6RR8D6QHaNSbh0IcdWGg


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom webinar.





21-27 September ~ National Plant Health Week

To celebrate International Year of Plant Health 2020, the Government is launching National Plant Health Week to coincide with the Horticultural Trades Association’s Million Planting Moments campaign. It is set to become an annual event to raise awareness of issues and solutions around plant health.


See Defra’s calendar of events for activities taking place - including our grey squirrel damage webinar (details in the listings below) on 24 September. Share and create social media posts using the hashtag #PlantHealthWeek on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



21-27 September ~ Red Squirrel Awareness Week

Take part in this awareness raising week for red squirrels to help their future survival in the UK. You could:


Share or create social media posts by searching for and using the hashtag #RedSquirrelAwarenessWeek on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Take part in an event or activity during this week (see listings below).

Visit red squirrel areas to experience and/or photograph them.



20 September ~ Ballygally Biodiversity Group Red Squirrel Walk ~ 12:00-14:00

Join Ballygally Biodiversity Group on a walk around the Carnfunnock Country Park in Northern Ireland to learn about their red squirrels. Please book beforehand for this Red Squirrel Awareness Week event as numbers are limited - call 028 2826 2471 to book your place.


For further information see the Facebook event page.



21-27 September ~ Great Scottish Squirrel Survey

Take part in the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey by reporting all red and grey squirrel sightings in Scotland to Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels. Contribute to conservation work and help them build a snapshot of the squirrel situation in Scotland during Red Squirrel Awareness Week.


Click here for more information and to report. Follow and share on social media using the hashtag #GreatScottishSquirrelSurvey.




22 September ~ Red Squirrel Conservation UK Update ~ 10:00-12:00

Join leading experts from around the UK at this webinar to celebrate Red Squirrel Awareness Week supported by Red Squirrel Survival Trust. Along with updates on red squirrel conservation work from the four countries, the panel will answer key questions sent in by attendees.


Dr Craig Shuttleworth: Red Squirrels Trust Wales, Red Squirrel Survival Trust, UK Squirrel Accord

Dr Mel Tonkin: Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels

Katy Bell & Michael Stinson: Ulster Wildlife Trust, UK Squirrel Accord

Stephen Trotter: Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Red Squirrel Survival Trust, UK Squirrel Accord


To join the event and pose the panel a question please email UK Squirrel Accord info@squirrelaccord.uk



22 September ~ Mount Stewart Moment Livestream ~ 11:00-12:00

Join National Trust Area Ranger Toby Edwards at this monthly livestream from Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland. To celebrate Red Squirrel Awareness Week, this event is live from their red squirrel hide.


For further information see their Facebook event page.



22 September ~ Squirrel Conservation and the Power of People ~ 20:00-21:00

Join Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels’ Conservation Officer for Argyll, the Trossachs and Stirlingshire and Argaty Red Kites for a local update on the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project for Red Squirrel Awareness Week. With a look at the impact of Covid-19 restrictions and how local communities have been crucial in helping red squirrels rebound and continue to be a vital resource.


Click here to sign up for this online webinar.



23 September ~ RSNE Red Squirrel Awareness Week Video Presentation ~ 10:00

The Red Squirrels Northern England project team and guest speakers will present an overview of red squirrel conservation in the North of England. They also hope to provide guidance on how you could help make a difference, along with the thousands of volunteers who are acting to conserve this amazing creature. Join them during the screening for a live Q&A session.


**Click here **to register for the event via the Northumberland Wildlife Trust website.



24 September ~ Grey Squirrel Damage Webinar ~ 10:00-12:00

Join leading woodland professionals for this webinar to mark National Plant Health Week. Discover more about the impacts and challenges created by grey squirrel bark stripping, and work to protect trees and tree health from this damage. Following the speakers presentations there will be an opportunity for them to answer questions from attendees.


David Bliss: Lowther Estate, Lowther Forestry Group Ltd, Red Squirrel Survival Trust

Daniel Small: The National Forest Company, UK Squirrel Accord

Graham Taylor: Pryor and Rickett Silviculture, European Squirrel Initiative, UK Squirrel Accord


To join the event and ask the speakers a question please email UK Squirrel Accord info@squirrelaccord.uk



29 September ~ Pine Martens and Squirrels ~ 14:00-16:00

Open event from the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Speakers will focus on reconciling red squirrel conservation with timber production, and how a small recovering native predator can be worked alongside to remove an invasive species that causes damage to biodiversity and the economy.


Kenny Kortland: Wildlife Ecologist for Forestry and Land Scotland

Joshua Twining: Conservation Biologist studying a PhD at Queens University Belfast


See the ICF website for more details and to book onto this free event.