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Squirrel Baffles? Who Needs them!

A large number of both grey and red squirrels are about to descend upon the North East of England. But home owners in the area won’t be requiring to keep them away from their bird feeders.
The Squirrels concerned are a feature of the winning entry in a recent sculpture competition.

Young Sculptor of the Year

Student Dan Gough won the Gillian Dickenson Young Sculptor of the Year competition which was organised by Cheesburn Sculpture, a new sculpture park near Stamfordham. His winning concept is an installation of ceramic squirrels mounted on steel rods which will become a feature of the sculpture park. Gough beat 9 other proposals on the short list to snaffle the £5,000 commission.

The installation will be entitled Scurry and the squirrels will be made at Sunderland’s National Glass Centre. The installation will include an incredible 2000 ceramic squirrels.

If you are trying to imagine how this installation will look then think poppies! The 2014 display of poppies at the Tower of London used a similar principle to create a dramatic effect.

Red Hot Topic

Dan Gough has said that he is interested in the debate about native wildlife versus invasive species. In the case of squirrels this is a hot topic which inspires strong opinions. Some wildlife enthusiasts are passionate about promoting the Red Squirrel whereas others accept that the Greys are here and that they are not going away. Those who enjoy feeding wild birds in their garden may prefer that there were no squirrels of any colour!

Squirrels are intelligent and tenacious creatures which will make light work of reaching most bird feeders. Squirrel proof feeders and squirrel baffles are must haves in gardens where squirrels are a common sight.

Thought Provoking

Sculptor Gough has thought about reflecting the relative numbers of Red and Grey Squirrels in his installation but has decided against this idea. Such an approach would mean far less red squirrels would feature in the work and these are the more popular species. The work was chosen as the competition winner because it tackled a challenging theme as well as offering the prospect of a unique and dramatic spectacle. The judges felt that the squirrels’ battle for territory could be seen as a metaphor for human behaviour.

If you would like to visit Cheesburn to see Scurry it should be unveiled in May 2017. It will almost certainly prove to be worth a visit however you feel about squirrels!

If you have trouble keeping squirrels away from your wild bird feeders then the squirrel proof feeders and squirrel baffles in the Little Peckers range could really help. Many bird lovers appreciate squirrels just not when they are stealing their bird food!


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