What's digging holes

iceice Posts: 327
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"

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,739
    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.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • PosyPosy Posts: 1,693
    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: 327
    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 Posts: 1,693
    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: 327
    Trail camera caught them. Foxy and badgers!
  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,252
    You are so lucky to be that close to Nature. B)
    Never change Tigers in Mid Stream
  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,117
    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.
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