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It is an offence to intentionally or recklessly kill, injure or take red squirrels. It is also an offence to intentionally or recklessly: damage or destroy, or obstruct access to, any structure or place which red squirrels use for shelter or protection.
Red squirrel surveys are required prior to the removal of woodland or forestry on a site for development purposes and to inform any associated planning application or EIA. Surveys involve visiting the site 4 times across a 2 week period to search for squirrels. Various methods are employed depending on possible squirrel density but often involve; walked transects (after dawn); baited camera traps and hair tubes (which require a license).
Surveys aim to establish whether or not red squirrels dreys are present in the development boundary or if they use the area for foraging. A report is produced which shows the location of all field signs recorded during survey, photos & or video evidence from camera traps and if necessary recommend the most appropriate methods to mitigate against adverse impacts which may arise as a result of the during the development.