Yes, badger holes. These are also collected by Ted, but not deliberately. They are hunted but not gathered.
Here are some pictures of Ted’s lawn in June 2010 (click on a picture to enlarge it):
Here are a couple more:
And some more:
And here is the culprit, caught with a flash two years ago after Ted sat in the garden, in darkness and silence and hardly moving, for four hours:
Apparently, the furry bundles of delight are creatures of habit – not only that, they are protected creatures of habit. Once they have decided that your lawn is the source of tasty morsels, they will regularly return.
They dig and they climb; they can dig down about 18 inches or so with ease, and they can climb over a 3-feet-high gate. Virtually nothing will stop them. They have very powerful jaws – ideal for crunching human heels.
During the night of 19th June 2010, two more holes were created by our friend, this time underneath a swinging sofa.
Comments related to the removal of badgers are very welcome, but Ted does not wish any harm to come to them…