Red squirrels are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 (as amended). Under this legislation it is an offence to kill, injure or take a red squirrel, and it is an offence to damage or destroy any structure or place they use for shelter or protection (their drey), or to disturb them in a structure or place used for that purpose.
The Red Squirrel is also a Priority Species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP), now adopted as a Species of Principal Importance in England under Section 41 of the NERC Act 2006.
Red squirrels can be found in coniferous and deciduous woodland.
Red Squirrel surveys can be undertaken at any time of the year, although late-winter and spring is best. The surveys utilise a variety of methods including visual surveys and drey counts.
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