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Molewatch ~ by Chris


The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and Dr Paul Bright (Royal Holloway) have been studying the hedgehog population to see how it is coping with changes in farming practices, urban developments etc. The general conclusion is that the numbers of this mammal are declining – see the woodland blog.

The mole, like the hedgehog, is insectivorous and there is concern about its numbers. It is thought to be one of the most common wildlife mammals in the UK, but we do not really know how many there are, nor where they are!

Have you seen a mole? - not many people have but most of us have seen a molehill at some time or another. A molehill is a reliable indicator of the presence of a mole(s) in an area. You could help build a picture of the UK mole population by reporting sightings of molehills.

Molewatch (organised by PTES and the Mammals Trust UK) would like information about molehills in our gardens, local parks, fields so that they can build a picture / distribution map of moles across the UK. If you would like to help, visit http://www.molewatch.org.uk/ and register. To see the picture that is developing, have a look at the map so far : http://www.molewatch.org.uk/

Posted in: Flora & Fauna ~ On: 14 March, 2008

3 comments so far

15 November, 2014

More about rat traps, please visit http://www.rattraps.org

Malcolm Landau
13 May, 2009

Please email me any follow-up comments. Thank you.

Malcolm Landau
13 May, 2009

Hedgehogs visit my garden in North Somerset regularly. Sometimes they get caught in my live rat traps! I think a mole has now starting visiting, since in the last few days, and for the first time in over twenty years, I have observed narrow strips in the lawn, like burrows close to the surface, comimg out from my hedgerow.

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