Information from Peter, The Course manager, has been pinned to notice boards about repairing the damage which in summary is to clear away the broken sods, spoil and re-seed where possible. The longer term plan would be to re-turf the worst areas once the bird damage has stopped, areas of land adjacent to the course will be set aside to grow turf over the winter and into spring. There is also a new product to market which we will be able to use next spring to reduce the grub population.
The Crows themselves have been more determined than usual this year aided by legislated bans on products used in the past and natural remedies have been less affective in deterring them from digging for the grubs although we continue to trial new products to encourage the birds to go elsewhere. Regrettably, and as a last resort, more drastic measures are necessary to persuade the crows to search elsewhere for sustenance and protect the course from further damage. We are sure Richard and Peter are not the only ones heart broken to see the fairways in their current state.We would therefore like to call on any member or anyone known to you who could help Peter Varlow and his team in a controlled culling; if you do they must be registered with appropriate licences and register with the Club via him first. We may also resort to hanging some of the deceased crows around the course as this is known to deter other birds from the area. It is advisable that this is done once a week to be effective and prevent overtly decaying carcasses displayed around the Course in view of members, guests and the public.
Richard Adams,General Manager
Tel 01962 873546