DESTRUCTIVE badgers living in the grounds of an Olton school are blighting the lives of nearby residents by tearing up gardens and burrowing through fences.
But it is not all bad news - children at St Margarets CoFE Primary School have decided to take advantage of the badger bother to brush up on their wildlife knowledge.
Residents living in Richmond Road, Lyndon Road, Bartley Close and Chapel Fields Road, whose houses back onto the school, say their gardens are being ploughed up by the mammals on a daily basis.
Around 40 exasperated homeowners attended a meeting at the school this week, along with borough councillors and representatives from the Badger Trust, to try to find a solution.
Each morning its like a JCB has been digging up the garden, said 67-year-old Geoff Astley, from Bartley Close.
This has been a problem for about three of four years but it seems to have come to a head recently. It is becoming a real problem and there seems very little we can do about it.
Councillor Claire OKane (Lib Dem, Olton) said: This is a real concern for residents. There is a chance we can apply for a licence so that the badgers can be relocated.
Jane Martin, headteacher at St Margarets CoFE Primary School, said: We sympathise with our neighbours and understand their concerns the badgers are also causing some damage to our school field.
Our school, like many others across the borough, has a wildlife area in which some badgers have created a set. While this was not our intention, it has had some educational benefits - the children have been tracking the badgers and watching them through night cameras and have gained a greater understanding of this particular wild animal.