There is a reoccurring hole in a flower border outside my lounge window. Reoccurring because we keep filling it in and clearing up the dug out soil every few days! The hole is against the outside wall of the house (it's a 200 year old cottage so don't really know what foundations are there), behind quite a large hellebore plant.
The hole, when it's been untouched for about a week, is about a foot deep, maybe a bit more, and about the size of a youngish badger. It digs quite vigorously, there's earth all over the place. It normally happens at night and I see the hole and the mess in the morning, although once it happened when I was out for the afternoon and I have two dogs that were outside (they could have been asleep in their kennel I suppose).
whatevers doing it has broken some metal plant stakes (echinaceas from the rhs!) - the metal petals have been bent & ruined. No footprints or path because it's gravel adjacent to the bed.
Cant be rabbits as we're too low lying and just don't get rabbits in the garden fortunately. I've seen a very occasional squirrel. My guess is a badger - I'd really love to know who is the culprit. Any ideas? Thank you.