After several years of caring for these creatures, it became apparent how maligned grey squirrels were, and how a plethora of outdated laws deterred so many wildlife rescuers from caring for them.

So many people contact us in desperation after being told by the RSPCA that grey squirrels are ‘vermin’ and should be destroyed – even if perfectly healthy.

We know that a lot of people have trouble in finding someone to help them if they have a squirrel in distress. There are quite a number of sanctuaries and individuals who care for grey squirrels, albeit discreetly. Our aim is to build up a network, so that we can help to find homes for squirrels in distress all over the UK.

We hope to hear from anyone with the experience, time and facilities to look after the occasional grey squirrel. Please get in touch as we would like to add you to our list of carers. Confidentiality is highly respected.

The Squirrels in Distress section of this site has been written to offer advice on caring for a squirrel in the short-term only. The needs of wild animals is often complex and much different from those of domestic pets. Please contact us about finding a home for your squirrel.

Our website also includes a little about squirrels in the United Kingdom, which we hope will be of interest.

We aren’t experts, but our advice is based on experience. This site is devoted to the exchange of information, so as well as trying to answer questions and offering help, we would also like to hear from anyone with relevent experiences to share.


This website is run by a small organisation in Hampshire. We receive no outside funding and rely on our day jobs to pay all the bills.

The costs can sometimes be daunting, including veterinary treatment, food, medical supplies, running a website, transport, communication and providing accommodation.

Therefore we are immensely grateful of any donation at all. If you can spare even a couple of pounds, we can assure you it will be used entirely towards squirrels in distress, and not spent on administration, which we always pay for personally.

Please e-mail us to discuss helping or making a donation.

Drivers Needed

If you live within a reasonable driving distance of us, we regularly need help with transport. This involves collecting a squirrel and bringing it to us. Usually the squirrels are young, and the busy times are late February/early March and late July/early August. No special skills are required and we can advise you on carrying out this vital task.

If you think you may be able to help at any time, please contact us.

Other Ways to Help

Donations of nuts (either shelled or otherwise, but not salted!) such as pecans, brazil nuts, almonds, hazel nuts, walnuts, pine nuts, peanuts (preferably the ones sold for human consumption) and cashews are always welcome - please e-mail or phone to discuss delivery/collection.

We also welcome unwanted small blankets, towels and tea towels, woolly hats, etc. to provide bedding for young squirrels. They seem to enjoy chewing holes, so we get through quite a lot!


If you are unable to find answers to your questions on this site, please contact us at enquiries@squirrels.info and we will respond as soon as we can.

Include your telephone number, postcode and all relevant information. Ideally, give us a landline number, as mobile phone calls eat into our limited funds.

Please take the trouble to read the advice on this website before getting in touch.

Most questions can be answered by looking at this website.

We are not a big organisation like the RSPCA with full-time staff
and plenty of funding. We are just two people who do what we can
to help in between going to work and looking after a family.

We get absolutely inundated and we can't cope!


It is unlikely that your average library or bookshop will stock many books about squirrels, although they may be able to order one you would like.

Here are a few that we are familiar with:

SQUIRRELS by Jessica Holm.
Published 1994 by Whittet Books. ISBN No. 1-873580-17-7.
A wonderful book written in great humour and accompanied by some excellent and often amusing illustrations. This book is a great starting point for learning about squirrels in the United Kingdom, covering evolution, physiology, habitat and diet, as well as advice on orphaned, sick and injured squirrels. There is also some useful information about attracting these creatures to your garden.

Published 1997 by Kingdom Books. ISBN No. 1-85279028-8.
Accompanied by charming illustrations and informative photographs, this easy to read book is interesting and useful.

RED SQUIRRELS by Tom Tew and Niall Benvie.
Published 1997 by Colin Baxter Photography. ISBN No. 1-900455-24-2.
Not a long read, but extremely interesting and containing a wealth of excellent, full page colour photographs.

Published 1992 by Chatto & Windus. ISBN No. 0-7011-3775-4.
Without a doubt, our favourite book on the subject of first aid and the care of wildlife.

CARE FOR THE WILD by WL Jordan and John Hughes.
Published 1988 by Care For The Wild. ISBN No. 0-356-08556-2.
Another useful general book about wildlife care, and in particular birds.

Published annually by Veggies Catering Campaign.
ISBN No. for the 2002 edition is 0-9525934-4-8.
A vital directory of organisations and individuals involved in animal welfare, which can be accessed online at www.veggies.org.uk

Published in 2002 by Centaur Press. ISBN 0-900001-49-6.

There are numerous websites devoted to squirrels and you will have fun exploring them.
Here are a few of note:


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