.... in earnest against the mole invasion which has caused even more havoc in our garden this winter than usual.
The "détaupeur" illustrated is the only thing which will effectively deal with the problem. I have considered purchasing one on several occasions, but the price has usually put me off. Anyway, the situation is now so out of control that I felt there was no other option.
It's a little drastic, but it certainly works .... we've eliminated two moles so far, but my guess is there will be another 4 or 5 before our plot is clear of them, at least for a while.
The weather has been quite mild recently, although there has been some strong winds at times and some heavy showers. The water table is once again very near the surface of the ground. We were lucky to get a goodly portion of the leaves cleared whilst they were still dry - the remainder will be a much more arduous task.