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Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 10 7:54 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Tavascarow wrote:
The cat wont eat them but sometimes catches them.

yeh mine has caught a few (maybe it was tht that deterred the moles after all)

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 10 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The.Grange wrote:
no help but i do hate seeing them locally hanging dead from gates or fencing in various levels of decay, it used to be a common sight when i was younger and it thankfully appeared to have died out, but riding out some months ago i rode past several batches of deceased moles poor olde moley


the golf course grounds keepers have a mole rack
they taste horrid
i recon leave em to do mole things

Mr O



Joined: 13 Feb 2005
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 10 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

didn't plumbers use the skin for cleaning copper pipes?

Gervase



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 10 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No plumber I've ever worked with!
As far as I'm concerned, we can't have a big enough velvety Tyburn here; the beggars are an absolute menace.

lottie



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 10 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:



i recon leave em to do mole things

I agree---just wish ours could be a little bit less active

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 10 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Moles....what use? Reply with quote    

Bodrighy wrote:
I've never heard of them as a food source ...


Think again. Although the original poster hasn't replied to the thread.

http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=57917

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
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Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 10 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our cats catch them but never eat them, they do eat any thing else they catch. Also of note is that of all the animals I have seen they decompose the fastest.

Bodrighy



Joined: 15 Aug 2008
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Location: Near Devizes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 10 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

True I hadn't had I?

They seem to have emigrated as they are no longer active for some reason. It could be that they got flooded out as we have a very high water table here.

I wonder what they taste like? I'd imagine you'd need quite few fr a meal as they are pretty small.

Pete

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 10 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

there are benefits to having 6 inches of soil.

sako



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 10 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The skin is cured and the fur can be used by fly fishermen who tie thier own fishing flies.
Cheers
Richard

Mr O



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 10 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can't you make trousers from them?

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 10 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mr O wrote:
didn't plumbers use the skin for cleaning copper pipes?

I thought that they used them for wiping down sweated lead to copper or lead to lead joints/repairs.

Mr O



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 10 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bernie66 wrote:
Mr O wrote:
didn't plumbers use the skin for cleaning copper pipes?

I thought that they used them for wiping down sweated lead to copper or lead to lead joints/repairs.
Perhaps that is what I was thinking of?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 10 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mr O wrote:
Can't you make trousers from them?


Don't know about his missus, but i wouldn't sew together mole skins for legs that long

nettie



Joined: 02 Dec 2004
Posts: 5886
Location: Suffolk
PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 10 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had a really bad problem the last two years and this Spring put in one of those mole deterrent spikes that you put batteries in, and I have to say it has worked, although not over the distance claimed! The moles are still making mounds at the far edge of the lawn occasionally but have mostly gone into next door's field. The veg plot is undisturbed so far this year, which is a first, and was the whole point of the exercise for us.

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