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03/04/2014 at 17:08

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?

03/04/2014 at 17:13

Red or Grey ?

03/04/2014 at 18:38

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.

03/04/2014 at 18:41

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!

03/04/2014 at 19:18

Greys are a is a shame they were introduced...........bit like many other invasive species.........I don't suppose we will ever learn really

03/04/2014 at 19:25

It's called immigration!

03/04/2014 at 19:47

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

03/04/2014 at 19:58

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

03/04/2014 at 20:42

Steve   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 list

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

03/04/2014 at 20:52

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

04/04/2014 at 10:28

06/04/2014 at 08:50

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


09/04/2014 at 23:45

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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