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Hedgerow survey

Observed: 1st January 2012 By: pjr457
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
pjr457’s reputation in Mammals
Hedge survey 019
Description:

A hole in the north bank which is 18cms wide and high. There was another hole on this side but was filled with leaves, suggesting it was no longer used.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

the naturalist man's picture

Hole

Was this in the bank of a stream or ditch? Were there more than just two in the area? I ask because it has the look of a rat hole and the size would not discount that.

It's the smooth look to the floor, something drags on the floor as it comes out. Also rabbits almost always defecate close to the entrance or at least within a couple of metres.

Graham Banwell

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pjr457's picture

Rabbit hole

Hi Graham,
It was the bank below a hedge and there are quite a few holes along the bank. There was a lot of leaf litter in front of the hole which made it hard to see if the rabbits defecated nearby. I've also seen rabbits in the area so I'm almost 100% certain the holes were dug by them.
Regards,
Pam

the naturalist man's picture

Holes

I'm afraid there is still nothing to suggest rabbit over rat. As rats tend to come out at night you would rarely see them. It could be rabbit but it could also be rat and the rabbits are living in other holes.

Graham Banwell

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pjr457's picture

Holes

Graham, I had a really good look yesterday on both sides of the bank and on the far side there were some holes with rabbit 'pellets' outside, easily seen as the hole exit was higher than the leaf litter. It's unlikely that rabbits and rats would be sharing a fairly narrow bank isn't it?

Regards,
Pam

the naturalist man's picture

Rabbit

Thanks for going back and looking, it does sound like this is a rabbit. I've agreed to your rabbit.

Graham Banwell

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