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graham.d

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What is digging holes in my garden?
« on: 09/04/2011 16:03:30 »
This is probably more for "Gardener's question time" but I thought I would try here. Something has decided to start digging small holes in the lawn. The holes are roughly 4 inches (10cm) in diameter and 3 to 4 inches deep. If I fill them in they get dug out again. There seems to be a sort of "track" visible joining up some of the holes; it is hard to describe, but the lawn looks different inside the tracks from the surrounding lawn but is not very pronounced.

The main animals we see are foxes (no. 1 suspect), squirrels (no. 2 suspect) and various garden birds (though apart from possibly Crows or Magpies, I can't see that they would be able to do this. Someone suggested that we may have cockchafers under the turf and the foxes are digging them out.

Any ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: 09/04/2011 17:03:12 »
At the risk of stating the obvious ...



[ NB: In reality moles do not wear protective headgear ].
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« Reply #2 on: 09/04/2011 18:43:14 »
Moles leave very neat hills when they make holes and the holes extend into tunnels. These are just blind craters.

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« Reply #3 on: 09/04/2011 19:27:32 »
I think you might have voles and the foxes are going after them. I'm pretty sure you don't have gophers  :D

BTW - what's a cockchafer? That's a new one on me.

(No Neil, don't even think about it!)
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« Reply #4 on: 09/04/2011 19:37:48 »
I think you might have voles and the foxes are going after them. I'm pretty sure you don't have gophers  :D

BTW - what's a cockchafer? That's a new one on me.

(No Neil, do even think about it!)


...but...oh......ok !   ;)

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« Reply #5 on: 09/04/2011 22:00:51 »
Typo! It was supposed to be "Don't even think about it."

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« Reply #6 on: 10/04/2011 05:46:24 »
Molehills near the golf hole here …


http://www.bbc.co.uk

NB: the laws of physics have been bent in this (Adobe flash) game.
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« Reply #7 on: 10/04/2011 08:58:37 »
For Geezer and Neil... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockchafer

I don't think the holes are caused by a burrowing animal like a vole. It looks more like the result of a scrabbling fox or squirrel digging for something. As I have a problem with foxes, these are the prime suspect, though I expect there is something specific they are after and that's why they're digging.

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« Reply #8 on: 10/04/2011 17:43:44 »
Thanks for the link Graham. Nasty looking characters they are too!

Yes. I think foxes are digging the the holes to catch voles. That's what I was trying to say  :D

 

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