Squirrel Monitoring Programme

We established a monitoring programme in spring 2012. This large scale systematic survey is repeated each year in spring. The work samples 300 woodlands and gardens across northern England, using the same methods in the same places each year. Surveys are carried out using trail cameras, by walking through woodlands and recording squirrels seen, or by observing squirrel visits to garden feeders (methods in detail can be downloaded below, as PDFs).

We have just finished the spring monitoring 2017. 294 sites were surveyed, and we are delighted to be able to report that reds were once again detected in more sites than greys. Reds were found in 45.2% of sites, and greys in 42.8% of surveys. 

The number of people participating also increased, with well over 150 people involved in the programme. Fantastic effort!

So, overall a great result, and one that provides encouragement to all those involved in red squirrel conservation across northern England. The report can be read in full by downloading the pdf below.  


We would greatly welcome new participants in this monitoring network. If you would like to take part, please do contact Simon O'Hare to discuss further.