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UK Squirrel Accord (UKSA) blog publishes posts from various signatories and stakeholders. These showcase the range of sectors, expertise, knowledge and views that support or complement the aims of UKSA.


UKSA is a diverse partnership that represents a range of sectors as well as viewpoints. Communications, publications, blog posts and other statements and documents made or published on this website or under the name of UKSA in any other location must not be taken as reflecting the views of all or any particular signatories to the Accord.


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2020-09-19 | Fertility research - news from the field
As a partnership, the UK Squirrel Accord is fundraising for research into an oral contraceptive for grey squirrel management. This research is conducted by Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and is still achieving results, despite the current pandemic. The project on oral contraceptives for grey squirrel management is currently in its third year. While the pandemic has made things more challenging, it has not prevented an important part of the fieldwork being carried out over the summer....

2020-02-14 | Protecting the UK's trees from grey squirrel damage - House of Lords debate
Grey squirrels are damaging important broadleaf trees and causing local extinctions of the native red squirrel. The oral contraceptive being researched by the UK Squirrel Accord (UKSA) is seen as a new hope for protecting tree health from this invasive species. The grey squirrel situation is so serious that it was part of a key House of Lords debate on threats from tree pests and diseases - 13 February 2020 - and was directly highlighted by 14 of the 24 speakers....

2020-01-20 | Red Squirrel Appreciation Day 2020
Red squirrels are an important part of the UK’s wildlife, but their future is under threat. On Red Squirrel Appreciation Day, 21 January, we look at the issue of ensuring their survival through invasive species management. Introducing non-native species to areas of the world they would not naturally be able to reach is one of the biggest causes of biodiversity loss around the world. Invasive non-native species are among the top five threats to UK wildlife....

2019-12-03 | Great Scottish Squirrel Survey 2019 results
In September this year Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels launched the very first Great Scottish Squirrel Survey, a campaign that encouraged people in Scotland to spend some time enjoying the outdoors while keeping a lookout for tufted ears and bushy tails. In just one week over 600 people took part, submitting 828 verified red and grey squirrel sightings on our website, scottishsquirrels.org.uk. This was a fantastic result for the project – in a more typical week it receives around 180 sightings....

2019-11-28 | Biggest threat to the National Forest – grey squirrels
Grey squirrel bark stripping threatens trees and all the hard work people have put in to grow the National Forest over the last 25 years. The National Forest Company is working to develop a landscape-scale approach to managing grey squirrels to protect woodland. The National Forest is a 200 square mile area of the Midlands that has been the focus of mixed, native woodland planting for the last 25 years....

2019-11-24 | A new hope for grey squirrel management - fertility control research update
The UK Squirrel Accord (UKSA) partnership is fundraising for research into an oral contraceptive to tackle the negative impacts the invasive non-native grey squirrel causes to native red squirrels and broadleaf trees. As thousands of trees are planted during National Tree Week 2019, we celebrate our success towards developing a new method to help protect those trees from grey squirrel bark stripping damage. The research into the immunocontraceptive is being carried out by the well-respected Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)....

2019-10-23 | UK Squirrel Accord photography competition 2019 - winning images
Winning image: red squirrel at Wooler Common by Nicholas Box Red squirrel beautifully framed by a gnarled old tree stump Thank you to everyone who submitted such beautiful images for our recent photography competition. There are a lot of keen and talented photographers out there and it was difficult to choose between the photographs sent in. This blog congratulates two winning images and highlights four highly commended - your prizes will be on their way....

2019-09-23 | Red Squirrel Awareness Week 2019 celebrations
Red squirrel image by Nicholas Box. Red squirrels were once a common sight across the UK, but their numbers severely declined during the 20th Century and active conservation efforts were needed to protect them. Red Squirrel Awareness Week aims to highlight their plight and celebrate the wonderful work of volunteer groups, organisations and projects striving to save them. During this week, 23-29 September, there are activities and events planned by a variety of these important groups and projects in different areas of the UK....

2019-09-01 | New UK Squirrel Accord website launch & photography competition
Welcome to the new and refreshed website for the UK Squirrel Accord (UKSA) partnership. Please find useful information on red and grey squirrels, their conservation and management, tree health, the fertility control research, and more. We aim for this to be a hub to share knowledge and best practice from across difference sectors, organisations and individuals involved in delivering the aims of UKSA. UKSA works collaboratively to preserve the UK’s wooded landscapes and associated biodiversity under the following aims to:...