It is often thought that red squirrels need to live in conifers, mainly after the reds took refuge in the conifer plantations because it is a habitat not preferred by the greys. However, red Squirrels can live in most rural, suburban and even some urban habitats as long as there are no threats from grey squirrels. Red Squirrel conservation, therefore, consists mainly of strategic grey squirrel control to remove all threats from the non-native invasive species.
Red squirrel conservation/grey squirrel control is carried out by government agencies, NGOs, private landowners, volunteer groups and individuals. To find out how you can get involved, please click here.