This durable and attractive squirrel feeder, constructed from cedar, is a fun way to feed wild squirrels in your garden. The squirrels will quickly learn to lift the lid to access the peanuts visible behind the Perspex screen. You can help them learn by initially propping open the lid with a stick, so they master the technique.
Top 5 Squirrel Facts
- The largest species of squirrel is the Indian giant squirrel, which can grow up to 1 metre in length. The smallest is the tiny African pygmy squirrel which is just 7-13cm long.
- Squirrels have four front teeth which never stop growing. This ensures that their teeth don’t wear down from munching on nuts and other objects.
- Squirrels can be categorised into three types: ground squirrels, tree squirrels and flying squirrels. Flying squirrels can glide through the air due to the flaps of skin which connect their limbs, providing a wing-like surface.
- Squirrels are one of the most important animals for helping the spread of oak trees. They store acorns in the ground but only recover around 70 per cent of them, allowing the forgotten acorns to grow into healthy trees.
- Red squirrels were widespread in the UK until the 1940s but suffered a sharp decline in numbers and are now classified as an endangered species. Their threatened status is largely down to the rise of the grey squirrel population, due to their larger and more robust nature.