What is eating these plants?
Have you any ideas about what may be eating these plants in my Uncle's garden?
The Syringa (lilac) was the first to be damaged and because it was on the lower branches at first, he assumed it must be rabbits.
Then the Ginkgo biloba and Yucca were eaten, both in the same night.
There wasn't even any traces of the Yucca leaves on the ground, so presumably they must have all been devoured.
The damage always occurs overnight.
Over the weekend, there was more damage to the Syringa, right up at waist height and above too.
Perhaps it is deer? My Uncle has never seen any deer on his land though.
The damage looks to be too extensive for it to be squirrels and they tend to be out and about in the daytime more than at night.
It must be one or the other though...
This is the Yucca that has not been eaten. The other Yucca was the same size.
This is the eaten Yucca...
This is the Ginkgo, now guarded with bits of old rabbit hutch - fortunately not ring-barked, just stripped down one side, although I do worry that disease may set in.
Photos of the Syringa to follow...