Wild boars cause £35,000 worth of damage to a popular campsite in the Forest of Dean

By TravelWiseJan 28, 2024 21:32 PMNews
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Wild boars cause £35,000 worth of damage to a popular campsite in the Forest of Dean
Wild boars damaged the area where a popular campsite is located. Source: Pexels

The Bracelands campsite in the Forest of Dean, UK, suffered £35,000 worth of damage due to an invasion of wild boars that wreaked havoc. The owners, Spencer Pettit, 49, and Kevin Webster, 61, who bought the campsite in April, now plan to not only restore the damaged landscape but also protect themselves from the animals.

They did not expect the boars to cause so much trouble, and this lesson has "cost them dearly." According to the Daily Star, the campsite looked as if "someone had gone through the ground with a mechanical drill."

According to preliminary estimates, repairs will cost around £15,000, and new fencing to prevent similar incidents from happening again will cost around £20,000.

Wild boars cause £35,000 worth of damage to a popular campsite in the Forest of Dean
Wild boars enter the campsite. Source: Spencer Pettit/SWNS

The team is already working to restore the landscape, and Spencer Pettit expressed hope that the new security measures will provide protection from wild boars. "We've spent six nights without a visit from them, and we hope that's enough. However, no one can guarantee a 100% result," he added.

Forestry England, the owner of the territory where the camping is located, said it could not financially assume responsibility for the repair costs. A representative of the organization noted that the fencing and overall security of the campsite are the responsibility of the tenants.

Wild boars cause £35,000 worth of damage to a popular campsite in the Forest of Dean
Animals dug up the ground. Source: Spencer Pettit/SWNS

The Forest of Dean is one of the most popular habitats for wild boar in England, and these animals are subject to the Dangerous Wildlife Act.

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