Please help me ID garden droppings!
I hope this is the right forum for this... I'm new here and am hoping someone here can help me identify these two droppings that I found in the back garden this morning.
Sorry for so many photos! They're on a doormat that's outside a brick shed/outhouse. The first photo is of them in situ, and the next two photos are close ups. I moved them off the mat for the last photo to get a better view. The larger dropping is just over an inch long, maybe around an 1 1/4"? I was last in the garden on Sunday and they definitely weren't there then. They seem fresh but fairly firm, and appear to have some strands of hair/fur in them, but I'm afraid I haven't worked up the stomach to poke about them any further!
In terms of location, we're in a suburban-ish setting in Newcastle upon Tyne, and the back garden where these droppings were found backs onto other back gardens. The front of the house looks onto a large town moor where cows are grazed. We do have foxes, mostly at the front of the house, although I have seen them in back garden before. We've also have hedgehogs which we've seen at the front and at the back, probably partly thanks to our irritatingly healthy slug and snail population. I haven't seen any hedgehogs yet this year, but my other half said that our neighbour disposed one that had been run over (sob!) a couple of weeks ago. There are also bats and lots of birds, and quite a few of the neighbourhood cats seem to enjoy our garden for lounging around in/sauntering through.
I did have a quick Google, but am none the wiser. The best I could guess was either rat or hedgehog. I'd be quite happy if these were hedgehog droppings, but I suspect they might be rats, which I'm considerably less happy about. However Google tells me that they might be too large for rat droppings? There was also a similar single dropping, although longer and slightly darker in colour, last week on the path by the side of the house.
The outhouse they they were found in front of is fairly cluttered at the moment, but I had a quick look inside and couldn't see any more evidence of droppings in there, and nothing looks gnawed. We also have a small DIY compost bin by the side of the outhouse, but again no sign of it being gnawed at, so I'm hoping that it isn't a rat!
Sorry for writing a bit of an essay, but hopefully there's enough info there for you clever folk to help me out!