Let us introduce you to Rodger-the-Lodger.

Rodger is a Red Squirrel who has been crashing and bashing about our roof for a very long time – in truth, he is probably a successive family of squirrels, all called Rodger, who have passed down knowledge of our roof space from father to son for generations.  Squirrels in the roof are not as bad as Raccoons in the roof but they are trouble and can do damage so we have been seeking his entry point for a very long time … finally we spotted him actually going in and marked the spot.

Watching him regularly, we have discovered at the moment he is in and out like a yoyo with pine cones and butternuts for his winter stores and we are pretty sure there must be a large stash up there by now.

The entry hole is quite tiny and a corkscrew wriggle for even a squirrel though Canadian Red Squirrels are not big fellows like their ever-more rare Euro-cousins but actually quite petite … they also come with bags of testosterone-fueled attitude and know they are masters of the universe.  And so, this evening I finally went up onto the roof and stopped it up with wire wool with the results you can see in this series of pictures below … we feel a bit sorry for him, but his stash comes out at the weekend and he has time to find somewhere else before the winter arrives.

Here’s to Rodger …

Rodger out foraging

Rodger out foraging

The entry is just behind that piece of metal - a very tiny hole

The entry is just behind that piece of metal - a very tiny hole

Here I come with a snack

Here I come with a snack

In I go ...

In I go ...

... oh bugger !

... oh bugger !