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…



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 - 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.




25 - 31 October ~ National Mammal Week

This awareness week is organised by the Mammal Society to celebrate British mammals and highlight the need for their conservation. We will be focusing on the red squirrel as a native species to protect and support; and the grey squirrel as an invasive species that should be managed to safeguard red squirrels and tree health. More information about the overall can be found on the Mammal Society website.





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


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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