Regrettably, as of 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 and, under new DEFRA rules, all licences that formerly allowed rescue centres to treat and release grey squirrels have been revoked.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 the capacity or resources to keep patients, long-term. As of 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. If you would like to aid us in our upcoming legal challenge to this ruling, please click HERE