More trappers needed to tackle mole menace in Cumbria

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A SHORTAGE of trappers has led to an explosion of the mole population across Cumbria and north Lancashire.

In a bid to address the problem, a mole trapping training course was held at Lane Farm, Crooklands.

Five volunteers who took part in the course heard that the rise in mole numbers was causing increasing problems for farmers and gardeners.

The aim was to teach the volunteers about how to properly use traps to stop moles from digging up farmland and footpaths as well as football and cricket pitches.

One of the people on the course, Andrew Kirkwood, who owns a farm at Old Hutton – where moles are causing him problems – said the lack of mole-catchers was the key reason why the mammals were fluorishing both in the area and across the country.

“You need to have a properly-trained person to get rid of moles,” said Mr Kirkwood. “Moles are like rabbits, and one family can take over a whole field.”

The forays of the moles can also cause cattle to be blinded and sheep to die.

The earth which they dig up can make its way into silage, and once it is eaten it can cause Listeriosis in sheep and cattle.

Mike Ashton, of Warton, who was also on the course, said: “Moles are a problem that is getting worse. There are now very few mole-catchers because it’s a dying trade –the people who used to be in the business are not being replaced and that’s why I wanted to come here today.

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“It’s one of the many rural skills which are simple dying out.”

The five people on the course were each awarded a certificate, which proves that they can safely get rid of moles.

People have been advised to seek professional help in catching moles, rather than buying traps and trying to kill them themselves.

* Anyone having a problem with moles can call one of the people on the course, Walter Scrogham, on 015395 62976.

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1:50pm Wed 2 May 12

http://www.associationofprofessionalmolecatchers.org/ says...

Try http://www.associati
onofprofessionalmole
catchers.org/

There are pages on this website that show professional mole catchers covering the UK using trapping methods.

We hope this is some help to you.
Try http://www.associati onofprofessionalmole catchers.org/ There are pages on this website that show professional mole catchers covering the UK using trapping methods. We hope this is some help to you. http://www.associationofprofessionalmolecatchers.org/
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4:26pm Wed 2 May 12

jenscrogham says...

These little black furry thing may look cute, but what a mess of your Lawn they can make :-)
These little black furry thing may look cute, but what a mess of your Lawn they can make :-) jenscrogham
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8:59pm Wed 2 May 12

Lakeuk says...

How much is the going rate from trapping a mole - see 8 or so hanging from fences
How much is the going rate from trapping a mole - see 8 or so hanging from fences Lakeuk
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12:50pm Sat 5 May 12

WilliamT says...

I am surprised to find myself taking an 'animal rights' position, but this animosity to moles is surprising. Where are all the other 'protesters'?The 'mess on the lawn' complaint appears highly unreasonable, since all they have to do is shovel up the nicely aerated soil and put it on the flower beds- the mole is not making a giant hole! It is also difficult to understand the harm of a few heaps of soil on the acres of grassland grazed by sheep and cows in Lancashire and Cumbria. I doubt that they significantly deplete the supply of worms, and they're a native species. This listeriosis story sounds like an unfounded scare. Although I know nothing about silage, I do know that I see the rows of mole corpses next to fields which are never 'silaged', and always contain sheep or cows. What really is the problem?
While cycling around, I am rather peeved at these rows of dead moles ghoulishly displayed on the barbed wire.
I am surprised to find myself taking an 'animal rights' position, but this animosity to moles is surprising. Where are all the other 'protesters'?The 'mess on the lawn' complaint appears highly unreasonable, since all they have to do is shovel up the nicely aerated soil and put it on the flower beds- the mole is not making a giant hole! It is also difficult to understand the harm of a few heaps of soil on the acres of grassland grazed by sheep and cows in Lancashire and Cumbria. I doubt that they significantly deplete the supply of worms, and they're a native species. This listeriosis story sounds like an unfounded scare. Although I know nothing about silage, I do know that I see the rows of mole corpses next to fields which are never 'silaged', and always contain sheep or cows. What really is the problem? While cycling around, I am rather peeved at these rows of dead moles ghoulishly displayed on the barbed wire. WilliamT
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10:15pm Tue 8 May 12

tonydick says...

moles are 24/7, do not hibernate & are solitary until breeding time.When moles create a molehill they turn up clotridium botulinum & clost welchii both are anaerobic bacterium & are known to cause food poisoning. These bacterium can survive without oxygen & can be found on unwashed veg. The listerium bacterium is NOT a fanciful thought. On my molecatchers course i was informed that the action of moles can cause the spread of the listeria bacteria causing animal listeria. my trainer had a case of this when they cleared some land opposite the training area , he instructed the farmer to clear the land in question of livestock. the land was cleared of moles. The farmer was told to leave the land for a further 24hrs to settle, then chain harrow, instead because the land was cleared he harrowed the same day, spreading & contaminating the , also the same evening he reintroduced a flock of sheep onto the land. next morning 6 of the flock were dead. the vet did tests & concluded that they of animal listeria. I am a traditional molecatcher & listed on the british traditional molecatchers register with certificate & i.d. cards. I am a time served master butcher & studied under the ministery of vets in manchester. i agree with william t about the displayment of moles on fences this was done so that land owners could see how many were caught & pay accordingly. regarding the comment about stock & molehills if william T was the owner of a valuable racehorse & it broke its leg who would he hold responsible ? the mole for putting the hill there , or himself for not getting rid of the moles & what would he put on his claim form
moles are 24/7, do not hibernate & are solitary until breeding time.When moles create a molehill they turn up clotridium botulinum & clost welchii both are anaerobic bacterium & are known to cause food poisoning. These bacterium can survive without oxygen & can be found on unwashed veg. The listerium bacterium is NOT a fanciful thought. On my molecatchers course i was informed that the action of moles can cause the spread of the listeria bacteria causing animal listeria. my trainer had a case of this when they cleared some land opposite the training area , he instructed the farmer to clear the land in question of livestock. the land was cleared of moles. The farmer was told to leave the land for a further 24hrs to settle, then chain harrow, instead because the land was cleared he harrowed the same day, spreading & contaminating the , also the same evening he reintroduced a flock of sheep onto the land. next morning 6 of the flock were dead. the vet did tests & concluded that they of animal listeria. I am a traditional molecatcher & listed on the british traditional molecatchers register with certificate & i.d. cards. I am a time served master butcher & studied under the ministery of vets in manchester. i agree with william t about the displayment of moles on fences this was done so that land owners could see how many were caught & pay accordingly. regarding the comment about stock & molehills if william T was the owner of a valuable racehorse & it broke its leg who would he hold responsible ? the mole for putting the hill there , or himself for not getting rid of the moles & what would he put on his claim form tonydick
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