We've always had lots of squirrels in the maritime pines that border the garden. They can be a bit of a nuisance digging up the tulips and raiding bird's nest but I  like to see them in spite of this. Since the storms in February I've only seen one.  Has anyone else noticed a lack of squirrels?


  • Red or Grey ?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,085

    I've got eight grey squirrels regularly on the lawn eating the bird seed, and the camellia flowers, and the magnolia flowers.....

    they had at least two litters of kits last year.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,722

    They're in the area, but they tend not to come this way until the acorns fall, when they charge around everywhere gathering them up and looking for more - the excitement lasts about a week, then we don't see them again for another 12 months - fingers crossed!

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • Greys are a pest...........it is a shame they were introduced...........bit like many other invasive species.........I don't suppose we will ever learn reallyimage

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    It's called immigration!image

  • Spelled "stupidity" perhaps ?    Natural migration .......can't argue with that..............deliberate introduction........another matter entirely image

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    Hear, Hear, Philippa!  North American tree rats fall into the same category as sycamore, rabbits, Japanese knotweed etc.image

  • Steveimage   Thank you............unfortunately, I think some people are getting things a bit muddled up......we are all frightened to death about making comments about invasive species in case we are labelled "anti this " or "anti that".  It is difficult to undo what our forebears did but that is no reason to endorse it.

    I think you could add a few more species to your listimage

    Sorry Swiss Sue............don't wish to gripe but there is a difference.image.....

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    I'm quite happy to be labelled anti-invasive-species-threatening-our-native-wildlife !

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  • Kay8Kay8 Posts: 202

    Grey squirrels are a nightmare in my garden! They have literally bit through two of my bird feeders!!


  • bougiebougie Posts: 9

    Here in France we only have red squirrels.... when we first moved here we had one or two who regularly frequented the garden and brought us hours of delight and amusement.  Now we only see one in the garden occasionally.   Any ideas how we can entice them back?   We have bird tables and lots of hazel trees, cherries, apples, pears, plums, peaches and other fruiting trees.  I regularly put hazel nuts out for them throughout the winter and into spring.  Is there anything else I can do?

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