Moles Need A Little Love

 In Environment

Moles need a little love! When did you last see or hear anything on moles? Chris Packham never mentions them on Winterwatch or any of the other ‘watches’. David Attenborough hasn’t covered them. However, I cede to the Guardian in this item. Whatever, here in the Peak District they are burgeoning. Little mounds, well, often quite big mounds, are popping up everywhere. They are like a rash, a pox, over some fields and even up steep slopes. The mounds are fresh and it’s a sign the mole world has procreation on its mind. Sex underground has a faintly naughty ring to it.

Mole or mole?

Humans are so self-infatuated that a search on the word mole only brings up that potentially cancerous lump on your skin. Google loves drama and moles, the animal kind, don’t cut the mustard. That hint of lingering skin cancer causing death is far more appealing. So, the little mole is ignored. However, a secret army of assassins is mobilised and you know nothing about it. I was running above High Dale and beyond, a four by four was scooting between fields. The driver was getting out and bending down over the grass. I was perplexed and it took me some time to realise what he was doing. He was putting something into the mole runs. Google states that no mole poisons are approved in the UK so it must be traps. I thought mole traps were rarely successful, at least in the past.

Moles need a little love

Now don’t get me wrong. Moles are really bad on lawns so have no future. On fields, they throw soil all over the surface and this is a problem for cattle and cutting hay or silage. Even the environmentalist farmer James Rebanks sets traps and kills them. He feels that BBC’s Countryfile does not face up to the realities of farming, that pests have to be killed. The moles can be left alone on wild country or in woodlands. However, they seek worms so you can see the conundrum. Mucking fields encourages worms and that attracts the moles. In conclusion, I don’t have the answer to keeping moles where they are safe. For certain, their numbers seem high so perhaps they can defy trapping. Moley is clearly a tough cookie.

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