Shortly after moving into our new home in Applethwaite we set up a squirrel feeder on our patio, in the hope that red squirrels would come to visit us.
Because we have a cat, we placed the feeder more for the convenience and safety of the squirrels, so it’s not directly visible from inside the house. Fast-forward a couple of months and plenty of suggestive broken-open nut shells, but no sightings as yet. Frustrating. I decided it was time to deploy some modern technology.
I went online looking to buy some kind of wildlife sensor, only to realise I already had exactly what I needed. When we had moved in, nerdy me had installed a Hive smart hub/thermostat to control our central heating, plus some door and window sensors for security. If one of the latter could detect a door being opened, then why not a squirrel feeder!?