Natural England - Moles


Advice, licensing and legislation relating to the management and control of moles.

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Legal protection

Moles are a widespread species and are not protected by conservation legislation, only having basic protection from cruelty under the Wild Mammals Protection Act 1996external link and Animal Welfare Act (2006external link). Any products used must be approved and applied by trained operators strictly according to label instructions to avoid breaching pesticide regulations.

Advice and leaflets

Moles may cause damage in a range of situations. In gardens and amenity areas, molehills and tunnels can be a nuisance. In agriculture, contamination of grass by soil may lead to poor quality silage being produced. There is also a risk of damaging grass-cutting machinery. Mole runs may disturb roots and adversely affect plant growth. Molehills and tunnels can often be tolerated and control should only occur where necessary. Where control measures can be justified, there are two main methods, trapping or poisoning with aluminium phosphide.

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Moles: options for management and controlexternal link - TIN033The principle methods of control, advice on suitable methods in different situations, and restrictions on who can use them.Householders, pest controllers, farmers.

No wildlife licences are required for mole control.

Enforcement and inspection

Please see our main enforcement and inspection page for more information.

Contact us

Please contact Customer Services Wildlife Licensing for further information and guidance.