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Something has dug a hole...

I went out this morning and found this under my shed.


 Not sure what it was digging for (think there may have been mice under there as my cats were very interested in the area at one point) but more recently I've noticed bumble bees floating around.  When I looked more closely I noticed this


 The bees are obviously distressed and I don't know how I can help or even if I can help.  I want to fill the hole in as I could do without wasps moving in (been there, done that and got stung) but I'd love the bees to stay.

Any suggestions?


  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 3,501

    When I had a shed taken down I found a bumble nest underneath. I made a sort of kennel over the top with a low entrance in the same direction as they would have flying in. Just to protect the nest from the elements really.

    It was only til autumn when they left then I collapsed it and sorted out the rest of the area.

    Wearside, England.
  • DyersEndDyersEnd Posts: 730

    They'd be protected from above by the shed but I could make sure I leave a way in for them.  Thing is, do I carefully push the fluffy material that's been raked out back in or not?  Wish I knew if there is the remnants of a nest under there still and I wonder what it was that dug it out.  Fox perhaps. There are some fair sized stones amongst the debris so it was something fairly big I suppose.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,154

    Foxes destroyed several bee nests in my garden one year. They left evidence to ID the culprits

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • MuddyForkMuddyFork Posts: 435

    I currently have badgers digging up a nest under my conifer hedge.  It appears that bumble bees are a major part of their natural diet.

  • DyersEndDyersEnd Posts: 730

    Oh crikey, I could do without badgers under the shed, it'll cave in on top of them!  There are plenty of foxes and badgers round here so could be either. I can't smell fox nutcutlet but that's hardly conclusive image

    I prefer the bees and really hope they manage to sort themselves out.  The pile of earth had covered up the gap where they were going in until today and now they're milling around in a very confused way even though there's a huge gap they could use.

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