FAQS - Squirrels

There are squirrels running about in my loft, and I want them removed.

Try to identify where the squirrels are getting in. They have probably found a safe place to have their nest, and so there will most likely be young in the loft as well. Squirrels wean after about 6 weeks, so the only real option is to wait until they have gone, and then block up the hole.

I have found an injured squirrel, and I can’t get to you. Should I take it to my vet?

Regrettably, from 1st December 2019, we can no longer treat and release grey squirrels, the only option open to us is to euthanise.

Grey squirrels are classified as an invasive species. Under new DEFRA rules, all licences that formerly allowed rescue centres to treat and release grey squirrels have been revoked.

Wildlife Aid does not believe that wild animals should be kept in captivity; additionally, working wildlife hospitals do not have capacity or resources to keep patients, long-term. From 1st December 2019 it is illegal for us to release grey squirrels back into the wild and any contravention of the regulations could lead to the permanent closure of the Wildlife Aid Foundation.

We are vehemently opposed to these changes and have rigorously campaigned against them for over a year. We continue to fight.

I have found an adult squirrel on ground, injured/collapsed/attacked by dog or cat

The squirrel needs to be eased into a box or carrier but extreme caution is advised, as frightened squirrels will inflict a painful bite. Ensure you are wearing gloves and cover it with an old towel, tuck the ends under the animal gently and ease it into a box or cat basket. Keep fingers out of range of the teeth and do not attempt to pick it up by hand. Make sure that the carrier is secure ‐ having a miraculously revived squirrel running about in the car is not the most enjoyable experience!

Wrap a hot water bottle in a towel at the base of the box to keep them warm, and contact your local vet or wildlife hospital.

Regrettably, from 1st December 2019, we can no longer treat and release grey squirrels, the only option open to us is to euthanise.

Grey squirrels are classified as an invasive species. Under new DEFRA rules, all licences that formerly allowed rescue centres to treat and release grey squirrels have been revoked.

Wildlife Aid does not believe that wild animals should be kept in captivity; additionally, working wildlife hospitals do not have capacity or resources to keep patients, long-term. From 1st December 2019 it is illegal for us to release grey squirrels back into the wild and any contravention of the regulations could lead to the permanent closure of the Wildlife Aid Foundation.

We are vehemently opposed to these changes and have rigorously campaigned against them for over a year. We continue to fight.

I have found a collapsed adult squirrel, but it is clearly still breathing.

Squirrels, both young and adult, often freeze in shock after being chased or traumatised. They can stay on bird tables, trees or houses, unmoving and unblinking, for a long time. The squirrel is best left alone to recover, but if it seems to be in danger, try touching it very gently on the rump with a long stick or garden cane. This is usually enough to encourage it into movement. If it does not move after 30 minutes, then you should try approaching again to see if it is still breathing.

Wrap a hot water bottle in a towel at the base of the box to keep them warm, and contact your local vet or wildlife hospital.

Regrettably, from 1st December 2019, we can no longer treat and release grey squirrels, the only option open to us is to euthanise.

Grey squirrels are classified as an invasive species. Under new DEFRA rules, all licences that formerly allowed rescue centres to treat and release grey squirrels have been revoked.

Wildlife Aid does not believe that wild animals should be kept in captivity; additionally, working wildlife hospitals do not have capacity or resources to keep patients, long-term. From 1st December 2019 it is illegal for us to release grey squirrels back into the wild and any contravention of the regulations could lead to the permanent closure of the Wildlife Aid Foundation.

We are vehemently opposed to these changes and have rigorously campaigned against them for over a year. We continue to fight.

I have found a nest of baby squirrels, and no adult is nearby

Please observe the nest for 60 minutes see if the mother returns. If there is no sign of her, and the youngsters are becoming distressed (they will make a high‐pitched squeaking noise when they are hungry), then please carefully place the babies (still in the nest if possible), into a box.

Wrap a hot water bottle in a towel at the base of the box to keep them warm, and contact your local vet or wildlife hospital.

Regrettably, from 1st December 2019, we can no longer treat and release grey squirrels, the only option open to us is to euthanise.

Grey squirrels are classified as an invasive species. Under new DEFRA rules, all licences that formerly allowed rescue centres to treat and release grey squirrels have been revoked.

Wildlife Aid does not believe that wild animals should be kept in captivity; additionally, working wildlife hospitals do not have capacity or resources to keep patients, long-term. From 1st December 2019 it is illegal for us to release grey squirrels back into the wild and any contravention of the regulations could lead to the permanent closure of the Wildlife Aid Foundation.

We are vehemently opposed to these changes and have rigorously campaigned against them for over a year. We continue to fight.

I have found a baby squirrel on the ground underneath a tree

Please observe the squirrel from a distance for about an hour to see if the mother returns and carries the baby back to the nest. If there is no sign of her, and the youngster is becoming distressed (it will make a high‐pitched squeaking noise when it is hungry), then please carefully place it into a box. Wrap a hot water bottle in a towel at the base of the box to keep them warm, and contact your local vet or wildlife hospital.

Regrettably, from 1st December 2019, we can no longer treat and release grey squirrels, the only option open to us is to euthanise.

Grey squirrels are classified as an invasive species. Under new DEFRA rules, all licences that formerly allowed rescue centres to treat and release grey squirrels have been revoked.

Wildlife Aid does not believe that wild animals should be kept in captivity; additionally, working wildlife hospitals do not have capacity or resources to keep patients, long-term. From 1st December 2019 it is illegal for us to release grey squirrels back into the wild and any contravention of the regulations could lead to the permanent closure of the Wildlife Aid Foundation.

We are vehemently opposed to these changes and have rigorously campaigned against them for over a year. We continue to fight.

I have just had some trees cut back and have disturbed a nest of squirrels

The nest must be returned to the tree or as near as possible to where it was originally.  All work must stop to allow the mother to come back and she may them move them to the secondary drey.  Observe the nest for the next couple of hours to see if the mother returns. If there is no sign of her, and the youngsters are becoming distressed (they will make a high‐pitched squeaking noise when they are hungry), then please carefully place the babies (still in the nest if possible), into a box. Wrap a hot water bottle in a towel at the base of the box to keep them warm, and contact your local vet or wildlife hospital.

Regrettably, from 1st December 2019, we can no longer treat and release grey squirrels, the only option open to us is to euthanise.

Grey squirrels are classified as an invasive species. Under new DEFRA rules, all licences that formerly allowed rescue centres to treat and release grey squirrels have been revoked.

Wildlife Aid does not believe that wild animals should be kept in captivity; additionally, working wildlife hospitals do not have capacity or resources to keep patients, long-term. From 1st December 2019 it is illegal for us to release grey squirrels back into the wild and any contravention of the regulations could lead to the permanent closure of the Wildlife Aid Foundation.

We are vehemently opposed to these changes and have rigorously campaigned against them for over a year. We continue to fight.

I have found baby squirrel, and I want to bring it in to you, but I can’t get there for a few hours. Can I feed it anything in the meantime?

Regrettably, from 1st December 2019, we can no longer treat and release grey squirrels, the only option open to us is to euthanise.

Grey squirrels are classified as an invasive species. Under new DEFRA rules, all licences that formerly allowed rescue centres to treat and release grey squirrels have been revoked.

Wildlife Aid does not believe that wild animals should be kept in captivity; additionally, working wildlife hospitals do not have capacity or resources to keep patients, long-term. From 1st December 2019 it is illegal for us to release grey squirrels back into the wild and any contravention of the regulations could lead to the permanent closure of the Wildlife Aid Foundation.

We are vehemently opposed to these changes and have rigorously campaigned against them for over a year. We continue to fight.