Hubby and I were about to take the dog out this afternoon just as our neighbours were unloading their car of shopping. By all accounts it looked like they were getting substantial supplies in.
We said Hi as we always do and the conversation got round to strange goings on under fences. A couple of weeks ago they’d noticed something had been digging by their side fence so he filled in the hole and put a slab on top of it.
Apparently a night or so ago this had been shoved to one side, the hole re-established and their visitor gained access to their back garden. There it promptly found another area of interest which just happened to back onto our garden.
Other properties have had similar problems with holes dug on their front lawns or burrowing under fences.
On our more frequent walks in the evenings, especially now when Maggie is being far from co-operative, we sometimes see a badger running down the road, and think this might well be the culprit. On returning from our walk this afternoon, we checked the back garden and sure enough by their second shed there was evidence of freshly disturbed soil on their side being excavated to clear a passage underneath into our garden.
Much as we are sorry to see badgers dead on the roadside and to hear about culling, we don’t actually want one in our garden because they can do a lot of damage and devastate our crops as well as our property.
Hubby has had some dealings with badgers first hand when he was on night security.
He was trapped inside his vehicle as a badger tore his tyres to shreds because he had parked over her baby. The cub was perfectly OK and in no danger at all, but Hubby just happened to have stopped at the wrong place and Mom went nuts. He called it in saying there was no way he was getting out of the car, and he would need assistance as he couldn’t drive it anywhere with no tyres.
He knows a couple of tips for deterring them though, and passed that information on to our neighbour. He has also applied those remedies to our side of the fence and we shall see what happens. These remedies also deter foxes and we know there are at least two around here.
We have already had rats in the garden and had to take our bird feeder down because the little swines were after the seed.
Photo: bird feeder when first purchased in December 2018. The garden has changed a lot since then!