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Up until now it was illegal to release grey squirrels into the wild, even rehabilitated ones, under section 14 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
However, Natural England have softened their approach by allowing 450 grey squirrels a year to be released:
Even though this article is 18 months old as far as I'm aware the licence system is still opperational - does anyone know different?
In my opinion this undermines all the good work people are doing to control the spread of grey squirrels.
What do you think?