Given that in 2018 the Mammal Society estimated there could be 41 million moles in Britain, it’s amazing how few of us have seen a live one (the mole pictured was spotted moving above ground). Sadly, your best chance is if you own a cat – moggies are a major predator. But soggy winters are when we’re most aware of these velvetsuited tunnelling machines. Since wet, heavy soil brings worms to the surface, something gulls know too, moles dig much shallower runs. Rain also causes tunnel collapses, which need repairing, meaning more molehills.
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