callmemadam (callmemadam) wrote,
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callmemadam

Wildlife Mystery

A few days ago, I was picking up wood blown down by Storm Brendan onto what passes for the front lawn. I was revolted to find that a fox had made several large and disgusting dumps in various places. The poor thing must have eaten something which disagreed with it. I carefully avoided these messes and carried on clearing up.

Yesterday, arriving back home in the car, I noticed something odd about the grass. It appeared to be covered in brown cones, some quite large. On closer investigation, I found that each of these cones of soil was covering one of the fox messes. The soil had that fine, sieved look about it that you get when ants have been busy. My first thought was molehills but I’ve never been troubled by moles before and why would they throw up soil just in those places?

So, here is my mystery. What creature would feel obliged to ‘tidy’ the garden for me and why was there no scratching or digging around these volcano-like heaps to suggest where the soil had come from? I’ve been gardening for years and have never seen anything like this. All suggestions welcome. Moles do seem the most likely culprits.
Tags: garden, wildlife
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