Manage the wider habitat
Our work to promote habitat improvements for red squirrels will focus primarily on stronghold sites. In other areas, we recognise that woodland management has to take into account other objectives and priorities, including native woodland expansion and restoration. Managing for other objectives may sometimes encourage grey squirrels but we will work with woodland managers to provide advice to minimise this where possible.
Improving red squirrel habitat
In particular, we will support managers to improve red squirrel habitat in large, mainly coniferous forest areas. This type of forest is where larger red squirrel populations are more likely to withstand competition from grey squirrels. A suitable management approach could be, for example, to broaden the range of ages and species of conifer trees so there is a more consistent and reliable food source for red squirrels.
For more information on what funding is available please see:
- Scottish Rural Development Programme (Link to Scottish Gov website)
- Support for red squirrel conservation under the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP): Rural Development Contracts – Rural Priorities (pdf)