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What we will do to reduce the effect of grey squirrels on red squirrel populations and woodlands.

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First published:
28 November 2018
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Grey squirrel management action plan for Wales , file type: PDF, file size: 1 MB

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We published our management action plan in November 2018. It sets out actions for the management of grey squirrel populations to:

  • reduce the impact on red squirrel populations
  • reduce the impact on trees and woodland ecosystems, and
  • reduce the impact on the services they provide, such as timber production

The plan does not aim to eradicate grey squirrels from Wales. It:

  • aims to encourage the management of grey squirrel populations. This is where it is feasible to do so, and where the benefits are greatest.
  • recognises the need for a collaborative partnership approach to the grey squirrel management
  • supports the Red Squirrel Conservation Plan for Wales. This maximises the benefit to red squirrel populations. It also promotes existing best practice developed for grey squirrel management.