Jun 23 Wild Boar
We have evidence of a number of Wild Boar in our woodland in East Sussex, and I know many more of us are lucky to have them in our woods.
I have been doing some reading about them.
Did you know that after the boar have been digging up your beautiful bluebells, you are likely to get more bluebells the next year?
Did you know that they can be: Black, brown, white, albino, spotted or a mixture of all of those colours?
…or that “Groups of wild boar(sounders) are organised in order of seniority around a leading matriarchal sow, typically one of the oldest of the group. When any boar, young or old, of high or low ranking, notices anything unusual or potentially dangerous to the group, it “blows” a warning snort. The group immediately stop what they are doing and ‘decision control’ transfers to the matriarchal sow. She may send a ‘scout’ towards the possible danger to check it out. If you are the danger, talk or shout loudly so the danger (you) clearly appears to the boar. The matriarchal sow will then bark a loud grunt and immediately all the boar will flee.”
And did you know that after they have been rooting around in your grassy woodland areas, the rooted patches are subsequently colonised by plants such as violets, fleabane and creeping buttercup?
This site on wild boar
has a great deal of useful information and pictures to help us all understand and recognise the signs of the boar!
This is a picture of boar digging in our woodland in East Sussex