Squirrels: Diseases

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th June 2015.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to reduce levels of pox in red squirrels arising from garden feeders.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government participates in and supports the Red Squirrels Northern England partnership, which has produced guidance against supplementary feeding of red squirrels in gardens where grey squirrels are present to reduce the risk of transmission of squirrel pox virus to red squirrels from grey squirrels.

Furthermore, there is a wider package of Government actions being undertaken to protect red squirrels from the impact of grey squirrels, including the squirrel pox they carry. This includes grant aid, through the English Woodland Grant Scheme, for grey squirrel control in red squirrel areas.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.