Red Squirrel South West are hosting a conference in April 2019

26th April 2019

After the success of the CRSP and RSSW conference held in April 2013 it's happening again! Come and join us on Friday 26th April 2019 when we'll be speaking at a red squirrel conference entitled "Turning the Tide". CRSP's talk will focus on the lessons we've learnt in our journey to reintroduce the red squirrel to the Lizard. We'll be sharing best practice on grey squirrel control as well as reporting as well as showing the latest data analysis as we progress towards red squirrel release. There will also be talks from Dr Craig Shuttleworth and the GWCT. You can see the full list of talks on the flyer here.

Tickets are £52 or £32 for students.  

 You can find out all about the conference and buy your tickets at

19th April 2013 

 Wow, what a great day we all had at the CRSP and RSSW conference in Exeter on the 19th April 2013!

The event was introduced by the Minister for the Environment, Richard Benyon, who pledged his support for red squirrels, and offered his help in removing any legislation which squirrel conservation groups were finding restrictive.

Richard Benyon's key message from the conference was:

"The Natural Alliance and System for Central-Local Communications (SYCL) initiatives, which involve a range of landowners and NGOs, are a great way to build capacity for localism. I hope that in time they will encourage people to report changes in their local habitats and wildlife species. This will give local authorities and central Government more information about the changes to our natural environment.

"They also have the potential to spread British ideas about localism and democracy across Europe, while at the same time creating a platform to export software and other technologies used for outdoor recreation, jobs
and the environment."



Richard Benyom speaking at the CRSP and RSSW conference in April 2013

We have prepared a response to Richard Benyon laying out what we would like to see changed by the government. The list of requested changes was pulled together using suggestions made on the delegate response form, making sure every one at the conference had the opportunity to feed into the letter. As soon as we have a response we'll let you know via the website, so keep your eyes on this page!

Of particular interest to many delegates was the talk by Dr Colin McInnes on the development of a squirrel pox vaccine. Colin has kindly produced a one page summary update on the current situation, which you can download here.

Over 120 delegates booked to come and listen to our great aray of speakers, with representatives from the Forestry Commission, National Trust, RSPB, GWCT, ESI, RSST, and the People's Trust for Endangered Species, to name but a few. Also of course we were so pleased to welcome many delegates from other squirrel conservation groups and mammal groups.

Finally, we'd like to pass our thanks once again to our conference sponsors, without whom the event simply wouldn't have happened at the scale it did!