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Boar turf up grassland areas

 

Boar turf up grassland areas - January 2019

The following explanation has been isuued by the Forest of Dean Community Ranger

We get many questions asking us why the Boar turf up grassland areas.

From early autumn they move out of the Forest in search of a different food source. Their rooting of the grassland areas is triggered by the softening of the ground and a large amount of insect activity in the soil, with the boar foraging for the larvae of insects such as leatherjackets (daddy-long legs) and cockchafers (may bugs). This foraging is very seasonal and they frequently re-visit sites that have provided a good food source in the past.

From late spring through summer they prefer to move into dense woodland cover to raise their litters and their diet changes to consist mainly of vegetable matter.

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