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Squirrel – Friend or Foe?

Thursday, 11th February 2016

Love them or loathe them, squirrels are a part of many people’s gardens.
Did you know they come in four different colours? Red, grey, white and black – what’s your favourite colour?
Black Squirrel

Familiar to almost everyone, there are more than 200 squirrel species living all over the world and they come in three different types - tree, ground or flying.
Grey Squirrel

Born in a nest called a drey, made from twigs, leaves, bark and grass, they are totally dependent on their mothers for the first 2-3 months of life as they are born blind. With large eyes, they have excellent vision for seeking out food which is typically acorns, bulbs, tree shoots, buds, nuts and roots. And of course, your garden bird food and feeders.
Red Squirrel

Did you know that they also cannot digest cellulose, and, therefore rely on food that is rich in protein, fats and carbohydrates? Which is why your peanuts are so tempting to them… with four front teeth that never stop growing, they constantly need to gnaw.
Albino Squirrel

Our range of squirrel resistant feeders certainly do a good job of helping to prevent them from trying to gain access to your garden bird feeders, but we like to think that all creatures, whether a nuisance or not, have to eat.

Squirrel Resistant bird feeder

So instead of trying to ban a squirrel from your garden, why not sit back and enjoy watching this nut-burying, scampering mammal?

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