Started trying to rebuild a derelict allotment bed only to find that something seems to have moved in overnight. There's a tunnel about 4 feet long, entrance and exit are both about 14 inches x 14 inches. Pics show front door and back door of burrow. Is it Mr Fox? If so why would a critter want to make a burrow in a raised allotment bed? There's only about 2.5 ft deep of soil in the raised bed. Nothing has been grown in it for about a year so doesn't seem they could be digging for food.
Not sure now if I dig down, if I'm going to be disturbing some creature's bedroom. There's a large totally undisturbed woodland area in the allotment gardens so don't understand why they are burrowing into a raised bed?
Hadn't considered badger. If it's a badger, I don't think I'm allowed to disturb it? I don't know but I did think the excavations look quite big for foxes. Do badgers have a sense of humour? Because badger has waited until someone (me) paid a year's sub for the allotment bed before instantly moving in. Going to have to go sit there at dusk and see what creature turns up, possibly try to collect some rent.
You could set up a wildlife camera with night vision - Amazon often has deals on those and prices have reduced considerably. All you need are batteries and a memory card and you can see who turns up overnight! I love seeing who comes into my garden.
Thank you for the useful if queasy images there. Who knew that hares had green poo?
At least the allotments are a celebrity free zone. Not even any politicians.
Still puzzled why any animal would dig itself a burrow in an allotment bed. Unless there was some form of food down there although can't think what. There wouldn't be mice living deep in the soil? Or ants? I hadn't seen a single ant. Can't think what else they might want as food that could be down there.
Have had the same problem at the back of our garden ?? 2 big holes , filled them back in with earth and old bits of brick and paving stones , 2 days later same again. Friend advised putting down Jeyes fluid, sloshed plenty around 2 days later same again. Give up , any one have any ideas to deter ?? Regularly see foxes about but never had anything like this ??
Is it a sunny spot in your garden where the holes are?
Turns out the ones in my allotment are a fox larder. Foxes have been coming out of the woodland area during the day to sunbathe, apparently they love the sun, and they have been digging holes to keep snacks in next to where they sunbathe. IA sort of fox mini fridge. Am told frequuent human presence will scare them off. Quite relieved to know they are not actually living down there but not sure I will scare them away, they are not especially timid round here.