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Does anyone know what might have made this hole. I found it at the bottom of my garden under a big Hawthorn tree, next to a log pile I have created over the years for wildlife. It is about 10cm (4 inches) wide, and appears to go down at a slant. Any ideas as to what animal has made this would be much appreciated.

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4 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Moved to the category Mammals. :-)

Elizabeth Colley
Elizabeth Colley 6 years ago

Thank you AustinC for your suggestions. We do have a small pond (but not near the site of this hole though). Next door neighbours have a pond as well, and there are three enormous ponds on the conservation site over our garden fence.

AustinC
AustinC 6 years ago

Arvicola amphibius
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/23632577
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Europea...

Also worth noting, it could be any small varmint, you can't be certain.

AustinC
AustinC 6 years ago

My guess would be the European Warer Vole, they make burrows similar to these, especially by streams and lakes so if you're near a body of water it's a good shot. Their burrows are generally over 7cm so for you to say 10 is good. Without visually sighting the animal we'll never be sure but from the descriptions provided it's a good shot.

I'll provide you with resources in the comment below, once I retrieve them.

Elizabeth Colley
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Elizabeth Colley

England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Apr 7, 2015
Submitted on Apr 29, 2015

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