Species of the Month Jan/Feb 2016


Mole: Talpa europaea


Molehills © Jonathan Evans


Although the majority of people will never be lucky enough to see a live mole, the evidence of them are all around us - in the form of molehills. These unmistakable field signs are sometimes unwelcome, but spotting one still counts as a wildlife record! Moles are certain to be present in almost every 1km square in the SEWBReC area, yet we have large gaps in coverage, with only 1775 records in the SEWBReC database.

More information on Moles is available from the Mammal Society.

This map on the Data Access Tool shows the distribution of Moles at a 10km square level for the whole of Wales. Zoom in or click on a 10km square to see the 1km square record distribution.

If you spot a mole hill during January / February (or see the species at any other time of year), please send us the record, ideally via our Species of the Month form on SEWBReCORD (nb. you will need to be signed into SEWBReCORD to use this link). Instructions on how to submit records are available here.


Below are a couple of pictures of a very lucky / confused mole, who was rescued from a gutter in Radyr by Rebecca Wright-Davies!