We are incredibly disheartened that the Government have introduced the EU Regulation on ‘Invasive Alien Species’ which affects muntjac deer and grey squirrels. This regulation now makes it illegal to release any rehabilitated grey squirrel or muntjac deer.
We are working hard to have the law changed to allow us to release these rehabilitated patients under licence, but in the meantime, we will be implementing strict guidelines on taking in these animals. We have been forced into this position by the UK Government and whilst they say that they are not instructing rescues to euthanise the patients, our space and resources will be quickly depleted.
To allow us to continue to provide the best welfare for these animals, during their indefinite stay in our care, we will need the help and support of the public during this difficult and testing times.
As part of this we have created some information on when to help and when to leave well alone for both muntjac deer and grey squirrels. Before bringing us either of these animals please read through the information provided – if you are unsure please call us on 01844 292292.
We would also please urge you all to contact your local MP and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (currently, Theresa Villiers). We believe that having many different people and organisations approaching them to highlight their views and distress will only help the cause. We will shortly be producing a leaflet with a bit more information on how you can raise your concerns with the relevant bodies.