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

21 January ~ Red Squirrel Appreciation Day Twitterstorm ~ 12:00-14:00

Join our Twitterstorm using the hashtag #RedSquirrelAppreciationDay to celebrate this day of red squirrels and raise awareness of the need to conserve them. In 2020, many individuals, groups and organisations participated – thanks for being involved.

Last year’s numerous hashtagged tweets, and likes and shares of the many different posts, meant our collective effort saw us successfully trending fifth in the UK at the height of activity. Helping to highlight red squirrels to a wider audience.

We hope the 2021 Twitterstorm will be just as popular. Please share the event with your networks and encourage as many as possible to get involved in this opportunity to highlight red squirrels early in 2021. Feel free to use and share the promotional image below. If you have any questions or wish to confirm your support, please email

26 February ~ Protecting our oak woodlands ~ 11:30-15:30

Join this online event to hear from a range of speakers discussing everything from the ecology of the British oak, oak pests and diseases, through to best practice management of oak woodlands.

11:30 Welcome and Introduction
11:35 Collapsing foundations: the ecology of the British oak, implications of its decline and mitigation options - Dr Ruth Mitchell, The Hutton Institute
12:05 Invasive forest pests – what risk to the UK? - Dr Daegan Inward, Forest Research
12:35 Oak Trees and squirrels in the UK - Kay Haw, UK Squirrel Accord
13:05 Lunch
13:45 Oak woodland management - Dr Gary Kerr, Forest Research
14:15 Oak log production and its markets - Dermot Doyne, Manager Whitney Sawmills
14:45 Questions and discussion
15:30 Finish

Register in advance via the Small Woods website:

19 March ~ Fertility control research update webinar ~10:00-13:00

Join us for this online event to mark the mid-point of our grey squirrel fertility control research project and to hear updates on progress. The Animal and Plant Health Agency team will share information about their work and the various research streams that make up the project being funded by the UK Squirrel Accord.

Discover more about the oral contraceptive being developed, the species-specific delivery hopper being designed, and the modelling work being carried out to better understand the potential impact of fertility control on grey squirrel populations in the landscape. Following the presentations there will be opportunity for you to ask the team any burning questions, which can be sent in when registering or asked during the event.

Register in advance using the Zoom link below:

Red squirrel unable to access species-specific feeding hopper being designed by APHA

10 - 16 May ~ Plant Health Week

Defra is hosting the second annual Plant Health Week in collaboration with stakeholders across the plant, conservation and forestry sectors. A number of events will be organised and promoted, with further information to come.

24 - 30 May ~ Invasive Species Week

An annual event led by the GB Non Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) to raise awareness of invasive species and how everyone can help to prevent their spread.

Click here for the NNSS website for further information and how to sign up to the mailing list. UK Squirrel Accord will also be organising an online event and further information can be found on this events page at a later date.

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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.