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17/06/2013 at 13:14

Hello, I'm new here but I was wondering if somebody might be able to help me identify what is eating my strawberries? They are in a raised bed, surrounded by straw, under taught netting to protect from birds yet something is taking large chuncks (it look like a big bite from top to bottom) from them over night! I have lost 6 now! 

Whatever it is seems to go for them just as ther ripen...the green ones stay untouched. Can't see any slug/ snail trails but these would be hard to spot because of  the thick bed of straw. 

Please help!!! I planted them for my 3 year old and she isn't getting a look in! 

17/06/2013 at 13:15

Sorry, posted this twice! :-S


17/06/2013 at 13:26

could it be mice i found last year they climbed the netting

17/06/2013 at 13:54

You'd be surprised how nimble birds can be. This morning there was a blackbird on my strawberry patch, under the fine netting, and when disturbed he flew straight through the two-foot high fence of chicken wire surrounding it all! The holes are only as big as 5p pieces! Try lightly laying fleece over the plants.

17/06/2013 at 14:06

Could be a Tortoise, they love strawberries. If you or a neighbour have a tortoise check it out.  They take a bite or even a whole berry.

17/06/2013 at 22:36

could be a squirrel


17/06/2013 at 23:46

My immediate thought is gastropods, i.e.slugs and snails. They are nocturnal and love soft fruit like strawberries. Go out with a torch when it's dark and do an inspection: I'm guessing you'll find the critters have a good feed. You could put a dish of cheap beer down on the ground near the plants. Slugs & snails love that more than they do strawberries and you'll find them drowned in the amber liquid in the morning.

18/06/2013 at 06:34

I once found my labrador and my daughter's dachsund entangled in the netting because they'd been trying (and succeeding)  to get at the strawberries!!!

18/06/2013 at 06:41

Thank you so much for your thoughts everyone!!! We put beer traps out for them last night but I haven't been out to inspect them yet...yuk!!! 

18/06/2013 at 06:51

The labrador would have had the beer too! 

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