Flying squirrel climbing on an aspen tree
Photo: Rainer Carpelan/Vastavalo.fi

In our flying squirrel project, we publish a lot of new information, update existing information and implement a variety of practical measures. The measures are classified by letters and they progress from planning to monitoring: preparation, i.e. site planning (A); land acquisition for conservation purposes (B); implementation of concrete conservation actions (C); impact monitoring (D); communication (E); and project management (F). The letters can be used to follow, for example, the different measures included in our guides and other measures.

A Planning

A1 Official species databases in Finland (Finnish Biodiversity Information Facility) and Estonia (Keskkonnaamet)

A2 Inventory guide and experiences with the use of dogs in inventorying flying squirrels

A3 Predictive models for habitat networks (maps showing the location of suitable habitats)

A4 Guide on good practices for taking the flying squirrel into account in urban areas

A5 Protection measure plans for urban areas in Finland

  • Plans for urban areas (to be completed in 2021)

A6 Protection measure plans for commercial forest sites in Finland

  • Finnish privately-owned and state-owned forest site plans (to be completed in 2021)
  • Plans for Rekijokilaakso sites (to be completed in 2022)
  • Plans for Estonian commercial forest sites (to be completed in 2023)

A7 Guide on the effective consideration of flying squirrels in commercial forest management

  • Finnish training package (to be completed in 2022)
  • Brochure on taking the flying squirrel into account in the management of commercial forests (to be completed in 2022)
  • Estonian guide material (to be completed in 2022)

A8 Protection measure plans for aspen continuity sites in Finland

  • Plans for aspen continuity sites (to be completed in 2021)

A9 Protection measure plans for nesting box sites in Estonia

  • Location of flying squirrel nesting boxes in Estonia
Map of Northeast Estonia with the location of the nest-box groups (1-9).
A total of 250 flying squirrel nest-boxes have been located in nine areas (1-9) in Northeast Estonia.

B New nature conservation areas

B1 Three regions (Southwest Finland, North Karelia, North Savo)

C Practical conservation measures

C1 Development of the habitat network in urban areas (Espoo, Jyväskylä and Kuopio)

  • Summary of site information boards (to be completed in 2022)
  • Summary of measures implemented in urban areas (to be completed in 2023)

C2 Securing habitat networks at commercial forest sites in Finland and Estonia

  • Summary of measures implemented at commercial forest sites (to be completed in 2023)

C3 Securing aspen continuity in Natura 2000 areas (10) and commercial forest sites (6) in Finland

  • Summary of measures implemented at aspen continuity sites (to be completed in 2023)

C4 Increasing nesting sites by installing nesting boxes in Estonia

  • Summary of the placement of flying squirrel nesting boxes in Estonia (to be completed in 2023)

E Communication and dissemination of information and results

E1 Communication materials

Websites in multiple languages

Project brochure in multiple languages

Project videos

Project summary/Layman’s report

  • Layman’s report (to be completed in 2024)

E2 Dissemination of information to the public and stakeholders

No official project publications are planned.

E3 Exhibitions and environmental education

E4 Workshops and final seminars mainly for professional groups

No official project publications are planned.

F Project management

F1 Basic work, reporting and monitoring by the Commission (CINEA, NEEMO)

  • Updated project performance indicators (to be completed in 2025)
  • After LIFE Plan (to be completed in 2025)

F2 Steering group work

No official project publications are planned.

Last updated 12 May 2022