Why do I get piles of chippings on my paving stones?

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Lynn Davies asked the Naked Scientists:
   
One thing has been puzzling me for almost a year I have a lawn which is surrounded by one layer of paving stones then a large area of chippings I have notice that a pile of chippings somehow start building up on the paving stones.  I have cleared them away some times but in no time they reappear. These chippings are not the smallest.  Which animal is doing this and why?

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« Last Edit: 05/11/2010 14:30:02 by _system »

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Why do I get piles of chippings on my paving stones?
« Reply #1 on: 05/11/2010 16:49:12 »
Nail grooming, pet-a-cure, sort of a nail file.
Tooth grooming, some animals need there two front teeth honed.
Might find some squirrels in the Free Masons and other places :)
« Last Edit: 05/11/2010 16:52:34 by maffsolo »

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Why do I get piles of chippings on my paving stones?
« Reply #2 on: 06/11/2010 11:20:56 »
These may be kicked up by any animal wishing to cover evidence of its presence, or just by their normal passage through your garden. I would suspect birds might be the most likely culprits.

As maffsolo suggested, there is also the scratching of some animals to keep claws, teeth and beaks trimmed.
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Why do I get piles of chippings on my paving stones?
« Reply #3 on: 06/11/2010 18:18:53 »
Have you considered applying for a grant to study this strange phenomenon? It could be new to science.

You could also sell the TV rights to the investigation. There seems to be no end of things that TV producers will shell out a lot of money to investigate.
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Why do I get piles of chippings on my paving stones?
« Reply #4 on: 06/11/2010 21:44:54 »
A person / dog, treading / running in the chippings could displace a few onto the path.

These moving stones are more difficult to explain ...
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=26296.0

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Why do I get piles of chippings on my paving stones?
« Reply #5 on: 06/11/2010 21:48:45 »
If you have a dog wetting or depositing they like to dig with their back feet and flip chips or dirt or anything loose up behind themselves as an attempt to cover up their excrement ...This is also true of cats....

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