Dead moles hanging
Richard Roworth wrote (see)
I was up there in August doing the Coast to Coast. One lady went in up to her thighs. It is a wet place.Did you see any Moles hanging on a fence at Raven Seat? Apparently they hate moles, there was at least 30 strung up when I went past!
I was up there in August doing the Coast to Coast. One lady went in up to her thighs. It is a wet place.
Did you see any Moles hanging on a fence at Raven Seat? Apparently they hate moles, there was at least 30 strung up when I went past!
I have to say though Simon that I thought the practice of hanging birds was supposed to be a deterrent to other birds.
My Grandfather had a farm and his main produce was eggs and fruit.
He had around 500 chickens and raspberry, blackcurrant, loganberries and gooseberry bushes. (including an apple orchard)
He used to place upturned jam jars on canes with red paint inside on the premise that birds would think it was blood and whatever the truth of it, it did seem to work.
He also used to place small lengths of cut hosepipe between the bushes and it would stop cats digging around the lettice that were planted there as they would think they were snakes. It would also collect earwigs during the night which could then be disposed of during the day!
In 2007 on the PW saw what must have been 50+dead moles hung on a fence between Alston and GreenHead.
Too high off the ground to be an active deterrent to other moles.
Just thought I'd throw that in.....
cysgod-du (Grand Slam 2008) wrote (see)
... It would also collect earwigs during the night which could then be disposed of during the day!
Definately a well known and used to be well used country tradition. It used to be done everywhere with different vermin and pests. Jeez I sound old, but I remembered it all over the place and am still in 30s. Don't see it now as much though of course. Good to see it is still being used. I bet it has a pagan meaing to it that has been lost to modern memory. Bit like the time of the year that Christmas is and also Easter comes from pagan origins.
I once saw a mole crawling allong a tarmac road once. It obviously crawled onto it then took a 90 degrees turn to crall along about 2-3" from the edge. I just thought it a bit strange. If thge mole couldn't detect the edge from that distance what chance has it got to detect moles hanging from trees or fences? Bet they didn't think of that eh!
Nick Hughes wrote (see)
What, the landowners hang up those they employ to kill moles?
Stayed not far from Keswick last year, and saw the hanging moles thing on a walk with some friends. It was a first for me. If it's a gamekeeper hanging them out for a landowner, why doesn't he/she just leave them in a bag on their doorstep. Would be quicker than hanging them out I would have thought...I do think there must be some other country lore sort of reason for the practice.
Or perhaps it's just advertising for more business...though I don't recall seeing a telephone number.
If one hangs them up to dry out in the sun, then they make fine buffet finger food you know.
No wonder no one comes to my parties!
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