Mov­ing moun­tains

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - WILD DECEMBER -

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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