ST9929 : Molehills, St George's Churchyard

taken 6 years ago, near to Sutton Mandeville, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Molehills, St George's Churchyard
Molehills, St George's Churchyard
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.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 11 January, 2012   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 11 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Place (from Tags)
Fovant 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 9959 2955 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:3.9170N 2:0.4337W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 9959 2955
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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