Get Into the Garden (for Squirrel Appreciation Day!)Published on 21st January 2015
Hoorah! It’s Squirrel Appreciation Day! Well of course it is…
So, here’s a question from everyone at Apropos: what are you going to do to appreciate the squirrels in your life?
Unless they happen to be small and red, squirrels often get a hard time of it in the UK. Although they are an invasive species, they didn’t actually choose to be; grey squirrels are here because of those pesky Victorians, and they can’t really be blamed for trying to survive. So, if grey squirrels have got your goat by raiding your birdfeeders, stripping your sunflowers, or digging up your bulbs, it’s time to let bygones be bygones; you’ll never stop them with warfare, but if you make your enemy your friend, you’ll have no wars to fight. Our advice? Feed the furry furies; they’ll leave your other things alone… mostly!
Squirrels are actually fascinating and funny creatures to watch, so for their Appreciation Day, why not fluff up your tail and do something nice for the cute little critters?
5 Ways to Attract Squirrels into your Garden
- Build a squirrel-friendly platform. Although squirrels can use most bird feeders, a separate platform will help to keep all your wildlife happy, and your garden tidier.
- Stock up on sunflower seeds. Squirrels are particularly fond of sunflower seeds, and they provide a healthy energy source. If there are plenty of seeds to be had, the rest of your garden will be ignored.
- Make a squirrel assault course. Squirrels are natural gymnasts; if you set up two feeding stations with a rope tethered between, both you and the squirrels will have hours of fun as they dash between the two, safe from garden predators.
- Cook up a storm. Sunflower seeds, corn kernels and raw peanuts are all fantastic squirrel foods, but if you want to give them a tasty treat, coat fir cones with unsalted peanut butter and spread them around your feeding station, then watch the squirrels squabble over who gets first lick!
- Provide ‘safety zones.’ Squirrels have a lot of predators, so place feeding stations near an escape route – tall trees are ideal.