Grey squirrel control survey report


Summary survey results

Grey squirrels continue to be seen as the greatest threat to broadleaf trees, ahead of pathogens and deer.

More than a third of survey respondents do not control grey squirrels.

No control method is considered very effective. This in part reflects lack of knowledge on how to use the various control methods to best effect, and in part that however proficient, respondents see no improvement in the situation.

The survey highlights a clear need for greater access to training for woodland owners on grey squirrel control.

Shooting is the most common method of control, with shooting at bait stations and Fenn traps considered the most effective.

Natural predators (pine martens and goshawks) are reported to be making a difference in some areas.