SU0124 : Sheep grazing by the River Ebble

taken 8 years ago, near to Fifield Bavant, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Sheep grazing by the River Ebble
Sheep grazing by the River Ebble
Sheep graze beside the infant River Ebble and moles have been very active in the field.
Moles live in loose, easily diggable soil throughout Britain, from sea level to about 3000ft, but there are no moles in Ireland. They do not colonise poor mountain soil or acid, sandy soil because these contain few earthworms.
Moles belong to the order of mammals called insectivores, and are related to hedgehogs.
Molehills spoil lawns and sports grounds and reduce the value of pasture. They may also damage blades of cutting machines. In addition, moles rob the soil of earthworms. Farmers and gardeners are therefore their chief enemies. Other enemies include owls, foxes, dogs and cats.
The mole's name is possibly a shortened form of 'mouldiwarp', a names still used in northern England, which is derived from Old English 'molde', meaning earth and 'werpen', meaning to throw.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 28 January, 2010   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 28 January, 2010
Category
Sheep   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 016 249 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:1.4081N 1:58.6453W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 016 249
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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