They had obviously taken a dislike to Anthemis punctata and dug it up along with all the soil directly behind my wooden steps. My friend Paddy (with the Hartley Botanic heated greenhouse) reckons it was a Badger looking for worms, but why there? They had to walk all across the front lawn to get to this particular spot and must have passed millions of other worms in the process.
It was rather odd that they actually dug underneath the steps in search of their supper but perhaps that is where the moist soil containing the juiciest worms was. The soil on top was as dry as a bone and definitely wormless!
Given that this has happened after a prolonged dry spell I am going to forgive and forget. The Badgers in our county are having a hard enough time as it is so a bit of superficial damage caused in pursuit of a square meal is hardly a problem. Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana doesn’t necessarily agree but hey ho, she is easily replaced, the Badgers aren’t.