The manager of Northwood Golf Course says staff take the welfare of animals very seriously after a local woman contacted NorthwoodNews to raise concerns about badgers.
The campaigner, who has asked to remain anonymous, said the course has been the home of an extensive and established sett for many years which she has observed. The sett is in wooded land off the fairway.
At the start of this year, the woman said she had noticed staff on the course had chopped trees and undergrowth down from around the course and put it on the top of the sett.
She commented: “I visited the maintenance team immediately and told them of their illegal activity; badgers are protected and so are the setts (burrows) they live in. They said they did not know badgers lived there, which is hard to believe given the size of the sett. It was simply a convenient place to dump their wood.
“I contacted the manager of the course and explained this situation too, and then had it logged by the RSPCA, Police and the Badgers Trust. The RSPCA investigated on several night visits.”
The woman said she believes the dumping is still ongoing and called on the course to stop immediately.
Ray Grant is manager of the course. He said as soon as the woman made contact, the RSPCA were immediately contacted.
He said: “They’re on a deep wooded area off the course and we are waiting for advice from the RSPCA on how best to manage that area. If it has been disturbed we apologise and we will put it correct but we want to know how to do it properly – we’ve asked the RSPCA for guidance and that is what we are waiting for. We love our animals at Northwood.”