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What's down there?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by RovingMike, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Two holes have appeared in our lawn (credit card for scale, they're not paying). Any thought on what could have made them? They seem to go a long way straight down.

    [​IMG]P8071873 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr

    [​IMG]P8071871 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
  2. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    They look like vole holes to me
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  3. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Bees? I remember coming across one once in the grass, but it was in a small incline, probably to keep dry. Or maybe a mouse hole?
  4. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Picture of a bumble bee nest hole.
    bumble bee nest.jpg
  5. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Hmm they look the same. Now I'm puzzled. Was just about to set traps for voles. Does look like vole holes I've seen online.
  6. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Smoke em out, you'll soon see what's in there.
  7. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Set up a wildlife camera trap and enjoy the antics of whatever it is.

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  8. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    If they are voles, there are dire warnings online about the damage they do. And they reproduce at a fearsome rate.
  9. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    Could be Chafers...
  10. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    I think it's voles. Looks a bit large for bees and you would have probably seen them coming and going.
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  11. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    If it is a bees nest and it wasn't there a short while ago then it will be very obviously busy. A vole is more likely - they are surprisingly large. I see them cross the road when I am out cycling. I would think they'd not like disturbance, nor being exposed to predators. Just cut the lawn a lot.
  12. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Voles are owl food. Good in the wild, not good in your garden.(unless you have an owl family on the property). Voles are like small rats; they carry disease. Because people with Chinese virus have passed it onto their semi feral cats I would expect much rodent vermin also to be infected. We see voles in our country park as an asset. I would not want voles in my garden,
  13. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    It could be a cuckoo. I'm sure I just heard one.
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  14. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    You sure did! :rolleyes:
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  15. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Well I think we are short of owls so there are a couple of traps under covers out tonight. We'll see what happens. Not seen any bees going in and out for sure.
  16. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    You need a borescope camera.
  17. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    If there's three in a line someone might have been in your garden playing cricket ? :rolleyes:
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  18. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    So online they said use rat traps, as they are bigger than mice. So did that and the perisher ate the peanut butter off the platform and didn't trigger it, even though it was right on the edge. Think the spring was too powerful and it needed to jump on it. Will try mousetraps tonight.
  19. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Well, one down, no idea how many to go. According to my ID a field vole.

    [​IMG]P8091878 by Mike Longhurst, on Flickr
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  20. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Ahh, that's nice. Even made a coffin for it.

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