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What are your thoughts on what can be causing this?

What are your thought could be in our garden. I anticipate what the majority of responses will say 😬. It’s stressing me out as I have a toddler and 7 month old baby and worry what they could touch etc.
We have had holes in the past in our garden but nothing for a while. I have noticed today a new hole which you can see all the mud that has came out of it. The other hole has a brick already there blocking a previous hole but can now see it has gone down the side of it. 
There was a few bluebottle flies sitting on grass so when to see why they were there and noticed poo.
we do have squirrels so thought it could be them. It is about just under an inch in length. I scooped it onto the wood to show it properly size wise. 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,013
    Hi @laura.rapson  and welcome to the forum 😊 

    The poo looks like hedgehog to me so big smiles ... nothing to worry about there. 😃 

    Not sure about the hole ... can’t really tell the size ... are there wild rabbits near you?

    Otherwise it could be a rat ... not good news and as you’ve got little ones I’d get a professional in to deal with them before the summer arrives and you want to be out there a lot with the children. 

    But be sure to tell the Rat man/woman that you have hedgehogs so he takes precautions to ensure they can’t get at the poison. They should take precautions anyway but it does no harm to remind them. 

    And of course, teach your children not to put their fingers near their mouths when in the garden and to wash hands properly after playing outdoors. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I think it may be a rat. I had a problem with one a few weeks ago and the droppings looked like your photo.

    A gardener's work is never at an end  - (John Evelyn 1620-1706)
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,182
    I'm wondering if they are hedgehog poo. It's difficult to tell without a scale, but going by the one on the leaves they look a bit bigger than hedgehog. 
    The burrowing suggests rats to me l'm afraid. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,013
    edited April 2020
    Adult hedgehog poo is bigger than rat poo ... quite a bit bigger. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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