This paper investigated the public’s attitudes towards the invasive non-native grey squirrel and its management. Data were collected from different areas of the UK and included responses on the acceptability of certain types of control measures.
While specific control measures for invasive species may not be widely known by members of the public, these data showed that non-lethal methods (contraception and habitat control) were more favourable. In addition, natural control measures, e.g. predation from pine martens were also deemed favourable.
Results from this study indicate that the majority of responses received would prefer to see the native red squirrel in their natural habitat, and understand that there is a need to control the invasive grey squirrel.
Dunn, M., Marzano, M. and Forster, J. (2021). The red zone: Attitudes towards squirrels and their management where it matters most. Biological Conservation, 253.