This morning we noticed something has dug a large hole (20-30cm wide) under our compost heap. I'm not sure if they were digging out of our garden or into it. Based on my research I think it is either a badger sett or fox den based on its size. We live next to a small wooded area (about 100m away from the edge), so I think both badgers and foxes likely live near us. Is there anything I can do to distinguish between these?

Extra information: We are in Cheshire in the UK, and there is a large pile of dirt surrounding the entrance to the hole. It is directly underneath our compost bin.

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Unless you're lucky enough to spot the occupant during the day, it's a case of keeping a watch at night, especially if it's a badger, since they rarely appear in daylight, though foxes might.


You can try some chalk dust to see if you can get a clear footprint.

Around here my first suspect would be groundhogs/aka woodchucks. I'm not familiar with the creatures of the UK.

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