Animals mistaken for pests in crops

Chris F

Staff Member
That was lovely to read, we should all know this stuff but we have our heads buried in paperwork.

On a larger scale, are moles a beneficial or a pest?
Many thanks.
I think moles would depend on the type of soil. I guess they could act as fabulous natural ploughs in the right context. :) Plus they might be eating soil based pests, like leatherjackets and wireworms, or they could be eating friendly earthworms.

I know greenskeepers are unusual in that they consider earthworms to be a pest. They appreciate the work they do for soil health but would rather not have them in the soil beneath the greens because of the wormcasts on the surface. Plus they attract badgers that dig up the greens hunting for them!

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...