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What's digging holes

We've had a problem for over 6 months now with something digging holes in the lawn and under the fences for a while. Seems only to be active at night and avoids the trail camera like the plague.

Unfortunately garden has become overgrown over last year but there are clear trails through the undergrowth and digging over the lawn around edges.

Neighbours annoyed as it keeps digging holes under the fence which their dog trys to escape. Curiously their cats are also using the under fence holes.

Really would love to know. One neighbour believes it's badgers, the other has them visiting his pond and leaving "large footprints"


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,472
    Could be badgers, could be foxes. Both will dig. Why don't you set the trail camera up by a hole under a fence, or an obvious trail. Badgers will come and eat  raw peanuts if you scatter them on the lawn.
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,601
    Badgers are great diggers but foxes and rabbits could be contenders, too. Have you had a look at the prints? Badgers are noisy creatures so you may hear them at night.
  • iceice Posts: 332
    Hmmm will try trail camera and peanuts! The bird feeder was knocked down and peanuts stolen last year so neighbours may be right!

    Tips on discouraging them?

    They had a pigeon overnight too, or else cats did
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,601
    If it is badgers I'm afraid you need very strong metal mesh, preferably sunk under the soil surface by several inches, to defeat the digging, OR electric fencing like horse owners use. 
  • iceice Posts: 332
    Trail camera caught them. Foxy and badgers!
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,811
    You are so lucky to be that close to Nature. B)
    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
  • Badgers. We used to get our lawn dug up but since we feed them by our lounge doors, it doesn't happen. We just get ringside seats for the fighting that happens.
  • we had the same and turned out to be a pair of young foxes.Saw them when the security light turned on.They dont come all the time but we have fence all around the garden and they used our neighbours garden chair to jump on then over to us. They got in from the end of our neighbours garden as a gap at bottom of fence.

    Jolly Gary
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