We are guided by the following values:
The red squirrel’s place in British life should be protected.
Red squirrels have existed in the UK since the Ice Age. They are much loved creatures and play an important role in the biodiversity of the communities in which they live.
Grey squirrels are an unwanted and invasive species in the UK.
The threat to the survival of the British red squirrel is caused by the greys. The grey squirrel is aggressive, and damages wildlife and forestry.
Greys should be controlled in the UK.
Targeted culling is essential in order to secure red squirrels. Where possible we prefer non-lethal methods of control.
We work to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.
We are a professionally run charity with strong governance. We believe in maintaining high levels of transparency.
We favour projects that minimise bureaucracy.
We are a practical charity, and we believe in efficiency and the avoidance of bureaucracy wherever possible.