As chaos continued across the region, angry residents in Corbridge and Warden in the Tyne Valley were left amazed when Environment Agency chiefs said burrowing animals
could be to blame for weakening earth defences which failed.
But the rule has led to arguments on the fairway as players dispute what defines a burrowing animal
, some claiming that holes dug by dogs, for example, should be included.
By the following spring, burrowing animals
had already begun to recolonize the area.
Their list includes tunneling and burrowing animals
like moles and chipmunks, as well as animals that can periodically lower metabolic rates like squirrels, bats and bears.
Dr Robinson added: ``The sea-bed of the southern Irish Sea has a wide range of col ourful and intriguing wildlife - from algae-dominated rocky reefs to deep muddy areas, home to many burrowing animals
It is not particularly encouraging that part of the reason for millions of pounds worth of destruction and personal misery appears to be the activities of burrowing animals
( rabbits, moles and badgers ( in flood defence walls.
The fickle forces that be have decided to introduce rodent rules about burrowing animals
It also protects flower bulbs from burrowing animals
and is registered for use on fruits, vegetables and other food crops.
The system of 200-year-old embankments, called argaes, found in the middle reaches of the River Severn are believed to have been damaged by livestock and burrowing animals
Hagadorn conjectures that the Wisconsin jellyfish impressions probably remained intact because at the time, there weren't many scavengers or burrowing animals