Mammal Identification

Mole Talpa europaea

Identification features

Photo: Debbie Court
  • Short black velvety fur (which does not lie flat when stroked)
  • No obvious ears
  • 'Spade-like' pink feet

Photo: Debbie CourtMoles are rarely seen alive above ground. They are found in most habitats where the soil is deep enough to enable the mole to construct its elaborate tunneling systems and has an abundance of its earthworms it main food source. Therefore it is uncommon on moorlands and on grassland on shallow soils such as those in parts of the Dales.

Other identification clues


Whilst moles are rarely seen themselves, their presence can be recorded by their distinctive molehills.

DMG article on moles

Distribution in Derbyshire information