First ever footage of a mole in its hole
We are proud to announce a TV first on our opening programme this year...actual real life, underground footage of our humble common mole!
Just to rewind slightly, it all started over 40 years ago, when Peter Stafford took this impressive photo of a mole and its young. It won him the 'Wildlife Cameraman of the Year 1967', and remains the only known picture of a mole nest and its young.
40 years on, still the only known photo of a mole's nest
You know how much we all like a challenge here, so Springwatch cameraman Sam Corfield teamed up with Peter to rig a mole's home with infrared cameras. Sounds simple, but given that their tunnels have no surface entrance or exit holes, finding them was a challenging task. But the pay-off was immense.
It's evident that these guys are incredible diggers - they're built to be professionals at this and have evolved a modified wrist bone, almost like a 6th finger. This x-ray that Peter took clearly shows this.
So, next time you see those telltale mounds of earth in your garden, take a moment to admire these fantastic mammals.