Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) eating a horse chestnut. Photo: Getty Images.

How to deter grey squirrels

Use our tips on deterring grey squirrels from your plants, bird feeders and more.

For some gardeners, the antics of grey squirrels are a source of entertainment, but for others squirrels are a nuisance, due to their habit of digging up bulbs and raiding bird feeders.

Introduced to the UK from the United States in the 1870s, the grey squirrel is legally classed as an invasive, non-native species and has since expanded its range, displacing our native red squirrel. The adaptability of the non-native squirrel means it’s highly successful at surviving and reproducing in urban environments, which is why we encounter them so frequently.

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