The Frustrated Squirrel
This page illustrates the effectiveness of a Heath-Robinson device to thwart a destructive squirrel.
By Gordon Shaw
In an urban environment, when it is cold, wild birds need to be provided
with food if they are to survive. The resident squirrels also need a source
of food but they will destroy the feeders and scatter the bird food if
left to do as they want. These photographs illustrate the effectiveness
of a simple device which doesn't harm the squirrels but defeats their
persistent attempts at wanton destruction and theft.
The bird table is supported on a 25 mm dia. wooden dowel (in effect a long broom handle) and the the anti-squirrel device is simply an inverted biscuit tin with a 25 mm hole drilled in the centre of the base. It is loosely retained by two jubilee clips at a critical height (about 1.1 m). It is protected against the weather with a coat of Cetol, which is refreshed at the end of the season for a virtually indefinite life.
How its made ...
The dowel is hammered into the lawn and situated in clear space (about 3m all around) so that squirrels can't jump across to the table and predators such as cats can't hide in wait
See for yourself. The device worked for many years and never, to our knowledge, let a squirrel past. That is until we moved house and were forced to repair the set up. The subtle changes made quite a difference and when we get time to explain what happened and how we overcame the failure we'll post it here.
... and does it work?
(All the images can be enlarged, for a closer inspection, with a left click from the mouse)
Now that's a truly down-to-earth Mission Impossible
Oh and by the way, the squirrels do get plenty to eat from the ground; the birds have terrible table manners.
© Copyright 2003-2013, Envocare Ltd.
For legal matters see the section "About Us & Contact Us".
Originated: 30 May, 2003; Last amended: 29 October, 2013