If you are suffering from a squirrel invasion this year then you might find this article useful. It gives advice on how to keep the squirrels away from your bird table. Tips include greasing poles with Vaseline that squirrels can use to climb up and coating food in chilli which is still edible to birds but distasteful to squirrels. It seems there is a shortage of nuts this winter leading squirrels to target bird tables and nut feeders for food. We have no shortage of squirrels in the garden but have quite an effective deterrent in the form of our cats which love to chase them. I don’t begrudge them the odd bit of food from the bird table if they can get past the cats to eat it.