Squirrel Rescue

Not-for-profit squirrel rescue and rehabilitation

Welcome to Squirrel Rescue

Squirrel Rescue is a not-for-profit wildlife and animal rescue run by Samantha Mignano and friends.

Red squirrels are stunning and native to this country, but even the non-native grey squirrels bring a smile to the face of most when playing in the grass or standing up on their hind legs with a nut. Most people accept grey squirrels as part of our wildlife nowadays, as they have been here so long now and just like non-native rabbits, are established and doing well.

Red squirrels have protected areas where grey squirrels must not be released, but in areas where there are no red squirrels it is perfectly legal to rehabilitate and release them back to the wild if you have a licence. It would take a particularly hard heart not to help an animal in need.

There is much misinformation about squirrels, and many are culled unnecessarily because people believe they cannot be returned to the wild.

If you are licensed by Natural England you can return a non-native grey squirrel to the wild after rehabilitiation as long as it is healthy and you have the land owner's permission (or your own land that is suitable).

If you find a squirrel and it is not injured or unwell, please do not pick it up. Juvenile squirrels are very tame and will run up your leg thinking you are a tree. As tempting as it is to believe that you have been chosen like some sort of Snow White, that is not the case, nor is it that he / she is asking for your help. The mother is likely to be nearby and watching, as will its siblings. Just like baby birds, they must be left alone even if they seem tame.

If however you find an injured squirrel, or a baby with its eyes closed, then seek help. If you are in or within travelling distance of Bristol, UK, then call 07712 893567. If you are outside of this area, please check the following website for a rescue in your area http://www.helpwildlife.co.uk where you will find a searchable map of nearby rescues. Just check they will rehab and release the squirrel once the time comes before handing it over.

Please keep our telephone line free - it is for emergencies only. We are a small not-for-profit rescue and do not offer advice for those seeking to keep squirrels as pets, or people who have picked up a perfectly healthy juvenile squirrel. We do not offer "pest control" and we do not relocate squirrels to other areas because they are in the wrong place in your opinion.