December is fast approaching, and wildlife rescue centres are anxiously awaiting
their licences to rescue and release grey squirrels being taken away.
Natural England plans to revoke all licences to release grey squirrels at the
beginning of December. This is due to their ‘non-native’ status. The licences
being taken away means that any squirrels brought to vets or rescue centres will
either have to be kept in captivity for their entire lives, or will tragically
Grey squirrels are a highly persecuted wild animal, and taking away the already
limited rescue licences removes an essential lifeline for them.
This cannot be allowed to go ahead. Please write to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
to ask for urgent intervention.