The Burrowers

Something has been burrowing in the Nectar Bar. The earth was quite neatly dug out and a chamber full of fresh nesting material was found about a meter down in the soil. This was quite intriguing, we thought it might be rabbits as there are loads around here, and we obviously needed to investigate further! For three nights something had dug a hole in exactly the same place and for three mornings we checked for a nest and back filled the hole. The plants were thankfully untouched but the yew was in danger of caving into the hole

Baby Rabbit

Baby Rabbit

This baby rabbit was found under some scaffolding planks next to the cars – he was covered back up and left alone… so cute! My husband rigged up some CCTV in the garden and our suspicions were confirmed… it was a rabbit!

Wire netting

Wire fencing

Our first job of the weekend was to buy some narrow gauge wire fencing to act as a barrier. We then had a good look around to make sure we weren’t about to barricade the rabbits in the garden!

Pallet Fence

Pallet gate!

We still need to buy a field gate to gain access to the paddock… so rather than have a large hole in the fence we cobbled together a sturdy fence made from pallets. It’s not pretty but it should stop the rabbits!

New gate put in place with wire in place

The entrance to the Kitchen Garden is through a wooden archway so this was completed with a small wooden gate.

Garden Gate

This should do it!

We finally sprinkled some extra strong garlic juice around the perimeter as rabbits apparently hate this stuff. It almost felt as if I was performing an exorcism at this stage! I would be very interested to hear if anyone has any ideas to deter these bunnies – without resorting to chemicals, traps or shot guns!

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