Advice and legislation relating to the management and control of moles.
The mole is a common British mammal and, although not often seen, the results of its tunnelling are well known and 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.
Before carrying out any mole control, it is important to consider if such action is warranted or if the molehills and tunnels can be tolerated. Where control measures can be justified, there are two main methods, trapping or poisoning with aluminium phosphide. Please note that strychnine hydrochloride can no longer be legally purchased or used for mole control in the UK.
Advisory leaflet: Moles: options for management and control (TIN033)
If you require additional guidance contact us. We will either assist you directly or put you in touch with a Wildlife Adviser. Advisers can offer more specific guidance to you over the telephone.