Moles are one of Britain’s least studied species and as such it is currently unclear whether their numbers are increasing or decreasing. They eat invertebrates and it is therefore possible that the mole population may have been affected by changes in farming and the use of pesticides.
During the autumn young moles will have just been pushed out of the nest by their mothers. The youngsters will now be trying to find new/unused territories. They will either try to take over an old territory (which no longer has moles in it) or they will make one of their own. If the latter then you may start to notice mole hills springing up as the moles create their tunnels. If the moles takes over an old territory then you probably won’t see any evidence of it as no earth will be displaced.
Did you know that the territory size of a female mole can be as much as 1300 square metres in size? The territory of a male can be even larger!
Help us find out more by going on a molehill hunt using the Mammal Mapper app.
For more information on moles click here.
To download a mole field signs factsheet click here.