'No evidence' Wyke Regis badger holes are in use

'No evidence' Wyke Regis badger holes are in use

Published by George Sharpe at 7:01pm 2nd September 2019.

BOTHERSOME badgers at Wyke Regis cemetery may now be less of a nuisance than originally feared.

More than fifty holes dug by the protected creatures were logged, and marked, by Weymouth town council earlier in the year. Since then the number of holes increased from 54 to 73.

Fearing the worst the council prepared a report which warned that the cost of legally moving the badgers could runs in tens of thousands of pounds. Notices were also posted warning visitors of the dangers of falling into the holes.

Badger holes at Wyke Regis Cemetry
Badger holes at Wyke Regis Cemetry

But now councillors are being told by an ecologist that there is no evidence of the holes being used and some, next to graves, have been blocked and all bare patches of topsoil have been grass seeded.

A report to the town council meeting this Wednesday evening (Sept 5th) says the monitoring of badgers digging new sett entrances and challenging chain link netting which has been installed is ongoing by the ecologist.

It is thought that the badgers moved into the cemetery after being disturbed by building work at nearby Curtis Fields.

By Local Democracy Reporter, Trevor Bevins