Posted: 06/11/2014 at 21:36
Charlie N - moles travel by tunnels which can be deep or just below the surface. Whichever, they collapse sooner or later either from rainfall, gravity or people walking on them. In teh former cases they just look unsightly. In the latter they can twist or sprain ankles and twinge dodgy backs/knees/hips most painfully.
If I do happen to catch one live and try and liberate it in the paddock across the stream they squeal and bite and scratch with those flipping digger front claws. Not appreciative at all.
I fail to see what purpose a mole serves. They mess up my lawn, uproot plants when they pass and eat my soil improving worms. In late winter and early spring they run rampant huntig for amate an dthen when the bairns go independent there's another flurry of tunnels and hills as they head of to find their own territory. Flipping pains in bum - and ankle and knee and hip and back depending. Make it jolly bouncy going round on the mower too.