Can I Shoot Grey Squirrels in My Garden?

February 2, 2023 0 Comments

can i shoot grey squirrels in my garden
The grey squirrel has become a major problem in many gardens. They can damage plants, steal seeds and chew holes in trees and shrubs.

This is why it is necessary to take control of these animals humanely. It should be done in line with the Animal Welfare Act 2006.


Grey squirrels have become a serious problem in many gardens. They have been spreading their population at a rapid rate and are causing damage to garden plants, fences, and structures. They are also damaging wildlife habitats.

In the UK, grey squirrels are considered a protected species and are therefore not allowed to be killed or trapped. However, this is not always the case.

Some people who trap and kill grey squirrels have been fined for causing “unnecessary suffering” to the animal. This is in breach of animal welfare laws and is not acceptable.

The RSPCA has said that you should not shoot or trap grey squirrels in your garden if you are not a qualified animal control professional or if you do not have a license to trap and kill them. They say that most people are unable to do so without causing unnecessary suffering and will therefore be breaking the law.

This is especially true when it comes to trapping and shooting. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 states that it is illegal to cause unnecessary suffering to animals and this includes trapping.

You can get a license to trap and shoot squirrels, but you need to know what the rules are in your area. This can be done by checking your local wildlife authority and looking at their website.

If you live in a state that has a hunting season for grey squirrels, it may be legal to shoot them. Often, this is during the small game hunting season and you can only do so if you have a hunting license.

Aside from being illegal, it is also risky. If you are caught shooting squirrels, you will likely have to pay a fine and/or serve some time in jail.

Despite this, many people love hunting and are willing to go out in the woods just to shoot squirrels. This can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and can also be a valuable source of income for some.

While this practice is not always legal, it can be a great way to get rid of squirrels in your garden. It’s also an important part of wildlife conservation. There are now thousands of volunteers in the UK that are killing grey squirrels, and many mainstream charities have embraced this as an effective and ethical way to fight their spread.


Grey squirrels are a pest species that has reduced the population of our native red squirrels, which has led to some people being concerned about how they can protect themselves from the nuisance. While shooting grey squirrels may be a good way to help with conservation, it is important to consider safety when deciding on how to control the problem.

There are several ways to deal with nuisance squirrels, including trapping, release, and euthanasia. These methods are usually the most humane and effective but should be checked by a wildlife professional before implementing them in your garden.

Trapping is one of the most effective methods for controlling gray squirrels in urban areas. Nonlethal traps, such as small box traps and glue traps, capture and hold the animal, allowing the homeowner to release it humanely.

The homeowner must also seal the entrance hole to prevent the animal from returning. This may be difficult if the entry hole is located near a window or door. If the animal does reenter the building, the homeowner should check the trap at least every 24 hours to ensure the animal is still captured and not released outside.

In addition to causing damage to plants, squirrels can also be a nuisance by chewing on plastic items, including hosepipes, cables, and bird feeders. This can lead to costly repairs and replacements.

Moreover, squirrels can also chew on plastic netting, which is used to protect fruit and vegetables from the elements. This can be especially damaging to delicate plants, such as strawberries and raspberries.

A squirrel is an opportunistic creature and will eat a wide variety of things in a garden, including seeds, bulbs, and other fruits and vegetables. If this is a problem for you, consider covering susceptible plants with wire-mesh netting.

Squirrels also gnaw on trees and have the potential to cause severe damage, such as girdling. They may nip off branches or limbs and can eat the bark of the tree.

If you do decide to shoot grey squirrels in your garden, be sure to follow all the safety precautions and check with your local police force if it is legal to use an air gun. Most city ordinances prohibit the discharge of firearms, so if you live in a suburban area, you may need to obtain a permit from your local wildlife agency before shooting any squirrels.


Grey squirrels are omnivores and feed on a variety of plants, fruits, and vegetables. They are particularly fond of tulip bulbs, crocus corms, strawberries, apples, and pears. They also eat nuts and sunflower seed heads. They are also known to damage ornamental trees and wreak havoc on bird feeders, which can cause significant problems for the gardener.

They can also become quite destructive, stripping the bark off of mature trees such as sycamore, maples, ash, and beech. They will also gnaw at and kill woody plants like fruit trees, shrubs, and flowering shrubs.

If you are worried that a grey squirrel might damage or destroy your garden, then the best thing to do is call in the professionals. Several wildlife control companies in the UK can get rid of these squirrels without harming them.

In the meantime, there are some things you can do to avoid a grey squirrel becoming a pest in your garden. One way is to trap them.

However, trapping grey squirrels isn’t without its risks. They can be very difficult animals to trap, especially if there are children or pets in the area.

Another option is to poison them. Poisons are often effective as long as you use a product that is designed specifically for squirrels. You can find products at your local hardware store that are made to attract and kill squirrels.

The most important thing to remember when using poison is to ensure that it isn’t ingested by anyone else or used on animals that are not intended targets. This means that you must always keep the product away from children and pets and follow all instructions on the label.

Some poisons are even dangerous if they come into contact with your skin or your eyes. If this happens, you should immediately seek medical assistance for the person affected.

A grey squirrel’s ability to survive is limited by its genetics, so killing them can be a way to reduce the population of these invasive species. There is research in both the US and the UK looking at gene editing as a possible solution for controlling the grey squirrel.


Grey squirrels are a common pest in gardens and woodland, causing damage to plants, shrubs, and trees. They also eat nuts, seeds, bark, berries, and fungi. They will often bury food and cache it in places where they can find it again.

To help control the problem, trapping is an effective way of reducing the number of nuisance squirrels. However, trapping requires a lot of planning and can take time to produce results.

If you are considering using trapping to control a grey squirrel infestation, it is important to remember that it is illegal to release a captured grey squirrel into the wild. As a result, you must be prepared to destroy any trapped grey squirrels that you catch and do so as humanely as possible.

In addition to destroying any grey squirrels that you catch, it is also important to check traps regularly and avoid leaving them overnight. The traps must be inspected at least once every 24 hours, and they should be checked in the morning and evening as well.

The most commonly used trap is a wire mesh cage trap. These traps have arms or jaws that trigger springs when activated. Once triggered, the trap closes around the squirrel’s neck and should kill it instantly.

A medium-weight Hessian sack is placed inside the trap, ensuring that it does not have any holes. It is then rolled up to form a tunnel for the squirrels to be trapped in.

GWCT recommends using 25mm square weld mesh for the roof and sides of the tunnel, as this creates a robust tunnel that animals cannot put their legs down through onto the trap. It is also better if the trap is set in a box housing so it does not display its capture to passers-by.

You can also hire a licensed nuisance wildlife control operator (NWCO) or trapper to trap and dispose of the grey squirrels in your garden. This will usually cost a small fee to the homeowner but can be a useful option when the infestation is serious and difficult to control.