When I moved to the Peak District there were four wildlife inhabitants that I was hoping I would get to see. They were A Badger, An Owl, A Hedgehog and A Mole! I’ve been really fortunate to unexpectedly see the first three but the Mole, well due to his insistance to live underground, he or she is managing (however many times I stand above a mole hill waiting for it to move) to stay well and truly hidden from sight.
They are certainly very active at the moment and proof of their exsistence is to be seen everywhere. Every morning. If only I could time it right to see that sweet velvety creature poking his head out of his mole hole.
Hmmmm, on second thoughts by the look of those shovel like paws maybe its best he stays in his hole!! I think I may run for cover if I actually saw one.
Some Mole facts to digest:
1. They are rarely seen as they spend most of their lives underground. Hmmm maybe i’ll stop searching!
2. By digging up the earth Moles keep the soil healthier by aerating it, allowing more types of plants to grow which in turn feeds more insects. Their tunnels also improve soil drainage. and prevent puddles from forming above ground.
4. A mole can dig up to 200 metres of tunnel in a day! Gosh that is one busy creature! It kind of swims along using a moley version of our breast stroke, pushing loose soil up to the surface every now and then, resulting in the molehills that we see.
5. And the last and worst fact: They thrive on earthworms which they immobolise with a bite to the head! then store (alive) in a special chamber. I guess like a pantry for when they feel ‘peckish’. Up to 470 worms have been recorded in one mole kitchen alone.
Well having got fed up of staring at every molehill I pass waiting for movement. and ending up spending some time reading about their habits, I may have changed my opinion slightly on those black, soft, velvety little ‘MONSTERS!’. Maybe they are best left well and truly underground.
They do however clearly have an important ecological role.
All this thinking of moles reminded me of a song I havent heard in ages, which has been going round and round in my mind for days.
I leave you with ‘I am a mole and I live in a hole’ by The Southlanders.
Love Alison x