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The simple answer is no.

Grey squirrels out compete red squirrels for natural food sources that can lead to starvation for the red squirrels especially through the winter months. There is also the major issue of the grey squirrels being carriers of the SQPV (a virus which is not fatal to grey squirrels) but is highly contagious and is fatal for our native red squirrel.

The two main factors are habitat loss pushing the red and grey squirrel in to close proximity with the non-native grey squirrel out competing the native red squirrel for natural food. The other major issue is the SQPV (virus) grey squirrels carry that can spread through and wipe out entire red squirrel populations.

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Estimates vary but it is believed around 120,000 red squirrels remain in the UK with most of that population residing in Scotland (England is estimated to have only 20,000 left).

The grey squirrel population in the UK is estimated at around 2.7 million and increasing every year.

No. A common misconception but both red and grey squirrels are active throughout the year.

The simple answer is no.

Studies have shown this disease is only transmitted between squirrels (with the non-native grey squirrel being a carrier of the disease without it affecting them but is fatal when red squirrels contract SQPV from the invasive species).

No, it is against the law to release grey squirrels (once trapped, captured or caught) back in to the wild in the UK.

Being a non-native invasive species having a significant and detrimental impact on our ecosystems, they are classified as vermin therefore it’s illegal to release them back into the wild, unless authorised by a governing body.