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Hedgehog or rats



  • May be mice

  • bazabaza Posts: 659

    As for the trapping i'll do the right thing and get advice off the allotment committee of what to do if it is rats.

    Hope this eases everyones minds.



  • I agree they def look like mice poo! Good luck
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,836

    Edds second picture is mice poo, baza described rats poo. best not to use an humane trap, there is only one way to dispose and its not nice.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    It can be hard to distinguish mammal poops.

    There are a couple of ways you could find out though without trapping. One is to set-up trail camera and see if you can photograph the culprit. (worth it if you have other uses for a trail camera, not really worth the expense if it is a one-off unless you can borrow one). 

    The other is to use a sand bed. If you can put out a shallow tray with some sand in right where you saw the poop, you might get some footprints (a tray full of wet clay soil works just as well). It is easier to tell the difference between a hedgehog and a rat by the footprints. image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 66,285

    Hedgehogs tend to poop when they're feeding and as they wander aroud so you usually only find one dropping at a time.

    Rats' droppings tend to be in accumulations.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • When I had rats their droppings were oval, smooth and quite shiny, like dark grains of wheat in size. mouse droppings are similar but smaller. I am hoping I have a hedgehog around as I occasionally find some droppings which do not look similar. Much darker, rougher in texture, slightly larger in size. Someone suggested it might be from a weasel or stoat.

  • bazabaza Posts: 659
    If what dove from above says is true it must be rats as there is quite a lot of droppings and it's in one place

    I'll keep you posted

  • bazabaza Posts: 659

    Hello Everyone

    Here is a couple of photos of the droppings . What does everyone think




     They are just over an inch long


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160


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