SE1477 : Moles at Colsterdale

taken 7 years ago, 4 km from Colsterdale, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Moles at Colsterdale
Moles at Colsterdale
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. But how can they make the hills when the earth is as hard as iron.

There is an old bath tub being used as a water trough in the centre of the field.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 6 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 14 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 1465 7794 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:11.8207N 1:46.6169W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 1463 7797
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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