Today’s the day i start the mole trapping for this season. After sorting out the generator shed and tidying all the accumulated gubbins that seem to appear on my small workbench. Not to mention the dead toad that had somehow managed to curl up its toes in the base plate of my lister st2. The smell gave that away, i was blaming the cat for that, believing she had left a half eaten mouse somewhere.
All that before mid morning coffee break, then it was off to set a few traps at mr farmers farm. The activity is a lot less than last year, but to be honest that’s good, as it means less trips for me, on the other hand less beer tokens aswell. My first mole heap was just beside the farm access road and an ideal spot to put a trap and marker. At least that would indicate to mr f that i was on the ball.
In the farmyard i was greeted by will, whom i quizzed about the current saga of the evoco wind turbines that had been installed then subsequently uninstalled!
Turns out, the three cubic meter concrete base was slightly out of level, this is the first explanation evoco gave for the vibration these beasties where suffering from. After further investigation while shimming the towers, they found snapped mounting bolts. They blamed that on vibration… But it turns out, the base mount bolts are faulty, this caused them to shear causing the vibration causing more failures. So the bottom line is, the concrete base needs re casting with a new set of base plates, perfectly level.
That’s a lot of time and money down the pan, one that evoco will have to stump up for and hopefully have done before the poorer weather hits. Heres my arty photo of one of the turbines before trouble struck…
Any way where was i, ah yes moles, and my photos of how to set a trap. Firstly, identify the active runs, fresh soil is usually a big hint! Then find the tunnel, i use a metal rod with a t handle to dib for the run
The tunnel is quite easy to find as you can feel the resistance from the probe go slack. Then trace the runs direction, once that’s determined then cut out the soil down to tunnel depth. I made a very effective tool for this and I’m thinking of patenting it, just call me professor pat pending, ha ha..
Set the trap and place it in the run, some times i pack around the trap with soil but this is depending on how good the initial hole is.
Next step, i place a slate over the hole, stops sheep’s feet from setting the trap of, place the earth sod on top of the slate and a bamboo marker in the ground for spotting the trap site from a distance.
Hey presto mole catching in a nutshell. Truth is, it’s not as easy as that, note the gloves, they can smell the sweat on your hands a mile off and on traps. They now when there tunnel system is disturbed and feel the smallest vibration in the soil so, seventy percent of the time you get frustrated at no shows or tunnel past.
Money trap… Thats what i’ve renamed the metro centre. After the jaunt round the fields doing outdoorsy stuff. Mrs republic and i took a jaunt down to the money trap, cushions being the agenda for our lunchtime jolly.
TK Max had a fine selection, where two cushions and a bean bag found there way into the clutches of mrs r’s mits. That done it was time for a bite to eat, had a wander to jd weatherspoons where to my disgust, found they had increased the price of the meager plate of microwave stuff. We decided on a bottle of wine and a people watch instead. We love nothing better than to sit and watch the world pass by, it’s the quirkyness of the people you see along with how they act and how they dress. My dad always says ” thas nowt queerer than folk” and he’s correct.
Well tomorrow is already here and i’m back to the cloud factory but not before checking traps so,
more scribbles later…TTFN…Posted from WordPress for Android
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