07 February 2019, The Tablet

Glimpses of Eden


Glimpses of Eden
 

Molehills filled the field. Those little mounds of rich, black soil stood in the pasture, like a mini-mountain range. Standing there, I pictured the hive of activity going on below my feet; and not far below either, some mole runs are just a few inches down, while their main tunnels sink only to a maximum of a foot and a half.

Usually, molehills are the excavated soil from subways made by the moles as they search for food. An 80g mole needs 50g of worms a day. But at this time of year, these earth mounds might be the spoil of mating underpasses, as the male digs through the field searching for a mate.

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