Post by Marina
Paul explains the idea behind this experimental project to keep the wild boar off the land. Finca La Tierra borders with the 'campo' (mountains) which is what makes it so special. At night the wild boar come onto our land as they apparently like whatever they find there. They are big and heavy and we think there are at least 8 (they move in family groups) tilting the land to find the acorns from our majestic oak tree. Although they have the same right to be there as we do and are understandably not impressed by the idea of what belongs to whom, we cannot plant trees and continue with our permaculture design if they have their midnight visits.
After a very thorough study of the possible solutions but also a lot of thinking about how we can respect our philosophy of including all aspects of nature, we have come to the following conclusion:
A fence will not stop them, they just push it aside or make a hole. The only alternative seems to be an electric wire. The cardboard that was placed today will surprise them and make them curious. Hopefully this will limit the contact they will have with the wire. They are very sensitive and apparently will not go back after getting a fright. At the same time we have decided to share a piece of our land so they can have access to water and some of the acorns.