Squirrels scurrying around the garden with bushy tails twitching can be a delightful sight. Or it can be the source of great ire and frustration. If you are wanting to feed the birds, is there anything you an do to stop squirrels stealing food you've put out for them? One solution is to establish a feeding station specifically for squirrels, to encourage them to leave the rest of the garden and bird feed alone.
Squirrels tend to be herbivores, although they are known to feast on the odd bird egg if other foods are in short supply.
Generally squirrels will adapt to the conditions and food available to them and so will eat a huge variety of things. They are also expert foragers and love nothing more than rooting around in the undergrowth for a tasty morsel.
Investing in a squirrel feeder will help to create an area in the garden specifically for squirrels. Bark, twigs and soil are a good source of minerals and roughage but squirrels love dried corn on the cob. Whilst squirrels are mainly herbivores, if seasonal conditions are difficult they do also feed on a variety of insects including caterpillars, crickets and larvae.
Squirrels eat a lot of nuts and will eat any type but their favourite nuts include:
Squirrels are quite happy to eat nuts with or without the shell, indeed it's the process of extracting a nut from its shell gives the squirrel exercise and a way of sharpening its teeth. It is worth noting that peanuts are nutritionally poor for squirrels and salted peanuts should always be avoided.
Primarily yes, so that makes things a little easier. The main difference between them is their memory! Red and grey squirrels will bury their food supplies, but it’s the grey squirrels that will always remember where they buried it. Red squirrels on the other hand are a little forgetful, giving grey squirrels the opportunity to steal their food stashes.
To be honest, there aren’t many! Squirrels will generally try anything, however there are always some exceptions.
To establish a healthy, nutritious dining experience for the squirrels in your garden, there are now special squirrel feeds available. These feeds are specially formulated and will contain favourites such as maize, sunflower seeds, wheat and oats among others.