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Like i've mentioned before, i trap moles on a friends farm to help him out and for a hobby / exercise. I have tried various trap marking systems, but still have not found the perfect set up.

I have used cane sticks in the past but these are not ideal. I am using at the moment barbecue skewers with red / white hazard warning tape tied to them, these are great - easy to find and are visible to tractor drivers, but have one BIG fault, they are irresistible to sheep. I try to work around the stock, but this year due to lamb prices being not too good they are late going to market so are still on the farm at the moment.

GPS is not an option, and taking into account markers must be easy to carry / visible to tractors / animal proof, does anybody have the ULTIMATE trap marking system ?

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24520_P&$prodImageMedium$This would be easy to find, but would a tractor driver notice it ? 

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you can get coloured electic fence posts the plastic things spike for ground light to carry,seen a shoot use the bright ones as peg markers, your friend could buy them and also use them for his stock.

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The local farmer is trying to get planning permission for 100+ houses. There has been an environmental? survey in the field and lots of small black boxes placed in the hedgerows. These are marked by a small yellow flag on very thin metal rods pushed into the ground. They are about 12 inches long and the flag is about 6 inches wide. You can see them a good distance away. If i remember i will take a photo tomorrow and put it up.

like this :

https://www.enviroequipment.com/supplies/survey-pin-flags

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The ones in the field are yellow and i would say stand out more than the red ones.

 

Edited by silver pigeon69

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All these markers draw attention from various people who steal traps.  Try using crow feathers as more discreet. 

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Konnie, if I got those and he got his hands on them I would never see them again. LOL

Silver pigeon 69, yeah they look good, but if made of plastic would probably suffer the same fate as the hazard tape, unless they are available in hard plastic, I will do a Google now and see. Those boxes in the hedge are to check out what mice are in the area.

 

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Just done a Google, a company called South Survey from Lancashire, with some interesting stuff on there.

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17 hours ago, silver pigeon69 said:

 There has been an environmental? survey in the field and lots of small black boxes placed in the hedgerows. 

 

Checking for Dormouse.

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I have had a similar problem in fields with cows in. I can spot my mounds ok where I have set traps as I put a small piece of turf on top and the mounds are distinctive, until a cow kicks one that is. So I also tie a piece of white ribbon in the fence at 90 degrees. First wire up - up to 10 paces, second 10 to 20 paces etc. As most traps are set on the way out to feeding areas or along fence/hedge lines where the moles are travelling between feeding areas and are close to fences in general this works for me.

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