We understand that working forests require continued management. Felling and re-stocking is an integral and very necessary part of forest management. These operations should be carefully planned through long-term forest strategies and design plans. Felling is not necessarily bad for red squirrels but it must be done sensitively, gradually and legally.
The red squirrel is a protected species in the UK and is included in Schedules 5 and 6 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (WCA) (amended by the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000).
It is an offence to intentionally kill or injure a red squirrel or intentionally or recklessly damage or destroy any structure or place a red squirrel uses for shelter or protection, or disturb a red squirrel while it occupies such a place.
Anyone who carries out, or knowingly causes or permits these acts to occur could be committing an offence.