Mole catching

After spending another ‘nap time’ (the Mini Crofter’s, not mine) out with mole traps, how else do I spend the Friday evening but swotting up on blogs and websites by mole experts. Two days ago I retrieved all our traps from the hay field and moved them up nearer the house. Wednesday’s job had been with the chain harrows flattening the mounds in the top field before seeing where to place the traps. And yes, I am sure I’ll get asked about why I could be so cruel catching moles. However, the implications of moles in the past on the croft have a significant effect on parts of our land. Mounds slowly get covered by grass and winds can leave a field looking like taking a tractor over it at any speed should be added to the summer olympics as they have something similar in the winter one, but with skis, not tractors. You can minimise the hills by collecting the soil and adding it to raised beds but lugging even one wheelbarrow back this afternoon wasn’t a walk in the park (these were hills that I hadn’t been able to get to with the tractor so not in the easiest of localtions and definitely not supplied by easy going wheel barrow wheel access). And leave them even briefly and the mud turns into a solid mound needing more umph then weetabix can provide (ok, maybe it’s better if the ground’s not as frozen for shifting soil and you’re not as sleep deprived).

Up until now the mole traps have been the Crofter’s job. However, having discovered how much devistation they can do, they have been added to my ‘how to improve the ground for crops and cattle’ to do list. So on the subject of moles, anyone know about mole drains? For those who aren’t aware, mole drains are not highly trained moles taught to tunnel on specific grid references to help drain a field. Although training a mole might be easier than finding a mole drain…

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