NN9539 : Molehills and Oystercatchers

taken 7 years ago, 3 km from Milton, Perth And Kinross, Great Britain

Molehills and Oystercatchers
Molehills and Oystercatchers
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.

For a closer view of the oystercatchers NN9539 : Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus)
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Date Taken
Saturday, 16 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 11 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Uplands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Bird (from Tags)
Oystercatcher 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NN 9512 3925 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:32.0114N 3:42.4113W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NN 9513 3929
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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