Time to fight back against the squir­rels

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - PAT Ad­dress Chair­man

HAV­ING suf­fered a to­tal dis­ap­pear­ance of metal feed­ers, feed­ers which have been bro­ken into and other dam­age by our ‘furry friends’ (squir­rels), I have dis­cov­ered some­thing to baf­fle them.

I had a new but un­used metal hang­ing bas­ket chain, about 18in long, in the green­house which I have pressed into use.

I hung the cen­tral hook on a higher branch of the ap­ple tree, then draped the three chains over lower branches. I then clipped one chain on to the body of each of the feed­ers.

This, I hope, will solve the prob­lem of the dis­ap­pear­ing metal feeder – now, to solve the prob­lem of the squir­rels get­ting into the feeder.

In the past, my main ar­ma­ment had been ‘bull­dog clips’ of vary­ing sizes to fit the feeder, clipped on over the wire clips that keep the lid closed and then fold­ing their arms to­gether.

This has been suc­cess­ful – un­til to­day. One squir­rel has dis­cov­ered how to get the clip off, so back to the draw­ing board with this.

One word, how­ever. My bas­ket hanger, to my mind, is rather short and I will be chang­ing it for a longer chained ver­sion.

I also feel my feed­ers are rather too close to­gether and block my view of all of them at the same time and also al­low th­ese wretched an­i­mals easy ac­cess by stretch­ing over to feed off another. SAL­TER sup­plied fan­tas­tic £1,257 for Marie Curie Can­cer Care, su­perbly sup­ported by the Ruis­lip-based Showcase Choir.

Th­ese vi­tal funds will help the char­ity’s nurses pro­vide free, hands-on care to the ter­mi­nally ill in their homes, in­stead of them be­ing ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal and the place they least want to be.

Tony New­man

Hilling­don’s Marie Curie Can­cer Care Vol­un­teer Fundrais­ing Group

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