Caroline's picture

Grass 002

Observed: 26th October 2011 By: Caroline
grass 002
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Are these marks the work of badgers?? Several mornings recently there have been several fresh marks in my friend's garden, which is on the outskirts of Oxford city bordering on undeveloped rough land. The marks are quite narrow but I'm guessing earthworms were being sought so unlikely to be deer??
Thanks, Caroline

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the naturalist man's picture

Scratching

It is impossible to say without some kind of scale. If the holes are less than 5cm wide then they are more likely to be rabbit; over 5cm then it will be a badger. If you can go back and measure them.

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the naturalist man's picture

Scrapes

I've just noticed you said they were "quite narrow", if so I would suggest rabbit as badgers usually dig with both paws aside each other creating a hole two, broad paws wide, around 15cm+ wide. Also looking closely these have gone deep, unusual for badger.

Graham Banwell

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