Other organisations in the Accord include the RSPB, DEFRA and the National Trust.
BASC is emphasising the importance of controlling the invasive, non-native grey squirrel population as a means of protecting the native reds. Controlling grey numbers will also help limit damage caused by bark stripping; it is estimated that such grey squirrel activity causes in excess of £14million to forested estates in the UK every year.
“We welcome BASC joining the Accord as people who shoot are central to the control of grey squirrels,” said Adrian Vass, manager for the UK Squirrel Accord. “With the development of BASC’s grey squirrel control clubs and the ability of BASC and the UK Squirrel Accord to generate trust with landowners, we are keen to see more targeted control of grey squirrels to benefit wildlife and woodlands for everyone.”
“We are delighted to sign the UK Squirrel Accord because its aims mirror our own,” said Tim Russell, BASC director for conservation. “We look forward to working with the Accord and other partners to enhance the already considerable contribution that shooting provides to protect woodlands and its wildlife like red squirrels.”