Control Methods

MWRSP control methods are considered by DEFRA as the most humane method of control under the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

All individuals undertaking control on behalf of this project must abide by the practices and standards outlined in the project’s Standard Operating Procedures for Grey Squirrel Control.

All staff and volunteers are trained to follow these procedures when undertaking grey squirrel control on behalf of the MWRSP. WTSWW has a policy on the killing of wild animals for conservation reasons, with which these procedures are compliant.

We use live-trapping techniques to control greys in the focal area, we do not use poison or any type of spring (kill) trap.

Captured grey squirrels are guided from the wire trap into sacking that has been placed around the entrance.  The squirrel is then moved into the corner of the sack and with the head positioned carefully within the corner, killed humanely by a single blow to the back of the head.

Although trapping activity is encouraged at all times of year, the most productive time of year for trapping grey squirrels is between March and September, when their natural food supply is scarce.  During autumn the availability of tree nuts, berries and conifer seed significantly reduces the likelihood of catching grey squirrels.

You can download our Standard Operating Procedures for Grey Squirrel Control