Squirrels are vegetarian and eat a diet largely made up of nuts, seeds, grains and fruit depending on the time of year and local availability of food. The typical diet consists of many types of tree seed and nut, including acorns, beech, pine and hazelnuts. They will also consume fruit, fungi and vegetable matter, particularly tree buds during spring when other food is scarce. During times of hunger or food shortages they have been recorded consuming insects, eggs, small birds and smaller rodents.
Early spring is the hardest time for squirrels because buried nuts are lost or begin to sprout and are no longer available for the squirrel to eat and new season food is not yet available. During these times, squirrels rely heavily on the buds of trees and can be quite destructive. In the garden they will voraciously attack bird feeders and bird food.
By providing a well balanced squirrel food, especially if it contains a high percentage of the food they like such as hazelnuts, walnuts, pine nuts and sunflower seeds, squirrels may cause less damage to decorative trees and leave the birds to feed unmolested. Squirrels can be fun to watch and we provide a good choice of squirrel food mixes full of good quality ingredients and all fortified with added calcium often missing in the squirrels' urban diet. Attract squirrels away from bird feeders by giving them their own squirrel feeders in another part of the garden and filling them with a balanced and purpose made squirrel food.