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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:56 pm    Post subject: What's burrowing a hole in my grass? Reply with quote

We have an animal that's burrowing a hole into the ground. The hole is approx 2.5 inches in diameter, and is in an open area of the garden, perhaps about 6 feet from the wall of the house. There are no plants or shrubs near it. The entrance to the hole is very clean and circular, and extends at a steep angle for about 6" before disappearing underground. There is no clay or droppings of any kind. I first noticed this about 10 years ago, and I filled it up with clay, only to have it re-appear some time later. I have filled it up numerous times since. It was not there last year, but it re-appeared a few weeks ago once the snow melted.

Any ideas what it is?

Many thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a Mole has taken a liken to your Lawn.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool! once it's not a rat, I don't mind Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's very rare that a Rat will burrow in open spaces and if it was you would see droppings around the Hole,keep an eye on it for a few Days,if it is a Mole you only have to worry about his Family moving in.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where do you live bothyhead ?
If you're in Ireland, then it can't be a mole that is burrowing in your garden, as we have no moles in this country.
Any other suggestions ?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I live in Ireland, the sunny South-East. If this helps, here are a couple of pictures:



There are no droppings around the hole, and you can also see where the grass has been clawed at?.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An interesting thread from the past with a similar mystery hole............. Strange hole in the ground

Here's a pic of it, with more info on the link.........


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's an interesting thread James, thanks.

One thing I can say for certain is that we're not on limestone bedrock, and it's not a burst pipe. We're right smack in the middle of the Macamores, with about 40 feed of marl below us. If it is a water problem, the only place the water can go is up, because it ain't going down! Smile
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