Bedgebury Pinetum, Bedgebury, Kent, England
Mole hills are the bane of Gardeners and green-keepers but realistically how many of these people actually see the animals which they dislike so much?
The European Mole Talpa europaea (both photos) is wonderfully adapted for it life in the soil, it’s powerful front feet allow it to dig up to 20m of new tunnels each day.They can mainly be found along river valleys and in woodland where the soil is soft but not waterlogged.
A mole will eat almost half its own body weight in food a day ad survives mainly on a diet of earth worms but will take other soil invertebrates which they find these using their highly specialized sense of smell.
Sadly for me this mole was no longer alive but it gave me a wonderful chance to check out its anatomy and get a good look at a creature people rarely see…
Moley moley moley <3