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2020-11_6. (3) Clerks Report – Badger Damage Update

Badgers have been damaging the playing field. The current solution being implemented is to perform regular spot repairs by the village operative, whilst encouraging passing members of the public to also contribute to spot repairs. It is hoped that the situation will improve and the playing field will be restored over time. A badger consultant has been contacted and advice is being sought.

The damage can be observed in the following facebook posts:

https://www.facebook.com/CameleyParishCouncil/posts/3440248912688674

As part of the solution, we are thanking and encouraging members of the community to tread the turf back into place if they are passing:

https://www.facebook.com/CameleyParishCouncil/posts/3602079303172300

The Clerk has been researching options. A badger consultant has been contacted. Following an initial phone conversation, the following was discussed and an offer has been taken to meet the consultant to have a look at the situation:

– Badgers are digging for larvae
– Improve the aeration and quality of the turf to reduce larvae
– Insecticide or herbicide is sometimes suggested as a possible solution to kill larvae, but it also kills the good bugs
– Use ‘nematodes’ as a natural way to reduce larvae
– The damage is likely to reduce when it gets colder and there are fewer larvae

Somerset Badger Consultant

The Clerk has also asked other Parish Councils of their experience dealing with badgers, here are some of the comments from this discussion:

We looked to get a set relocated to an artificial one – about £20k

We had to fence off an area at the back of our community centre.

When we had badgers digging up burials in the closed churchyard we had to get a licence from natural England. They recommended clearing the scrub area around the graves and perimeter and the entrance to the setts. Badgers damage the ground like this when they are hungry, especially common after prolonged dry spells and you are right in that it should ease when it rains and the worms they feed on are nearer the surface. Good luck.

Hi guys. From someone whose garden became the badger midden there is a solution. Dip some largish rags in diesel and place them in old icecream tubs at frequent intervals where the badgers are coming on to the field. Refresh rags as necessary and move tubs as entry points change. Worked for me and i got the solution from the holiday park owners.

I think they do this to eat the leather jackets (larve of daddy long legs) could you not get the area treated. We used to do this twice a year to stop badger interest on our recreation ground

We were lucky in that an ecologist and local contractor/groundwork were part od somerset badger group. They were very helpful and practical in their solutions and we managed to shore up a footpath damaged by badger activity and close a set with minimal fuss. We had a licence from natural England.. Easy!However….. The damage continues as they can’t be removed and badger proof fencing is VERY expensive. Blackdown Conservation were also very helpful and do these sort of works all over the country, although based in Devon.

  • Posted: 10th November 2020