It’s not great conversation for the dinner table, but it is quite a good way of keeping an eye on what is out and about in the countryside! I find an animal’s poo is one good way of identifying which animals were around before the ‘loud crowd’ arrived. I have seen deer, hare and squirrels when I’ve been in the woods alone, and on our camera trap we have caught foxes and badgers too.
Just as a precaution, it is best not to handle animal scats (poo!), as they do contain germs. If you want to break them apart to see what they contain, it is sensible to use a stick.
Badgers dig pits as toilets, and you often find these pits clustered together in latrines.
Deer leave behind dark shiny pellets.
Fox scats tend to be long, twisty and a bit tapered. This is full of fur from what it ate last…