Do you have the honesty and the dedication to achieve the final step to becoming a Master Molecatcher?
Having completed the hardest part - the theoretical, all that is required is to put the knowledge and understanding of the mole into practice. The correct placement is required for any mechanical device to be successful in a capture, and for those branching out into the amazing world of the molecatcher experience can not come fast enough. That experience comes at a price, each time a mechanical device is placed in a moles environment the person responsible for that positioning is directly under the tuition of the best teacher - the mole. From that first placement to the last you will remain the pupil and the mole remains the teacher. Every mole provides a new lesson and every mole location becomes a new classroom. Only those that attend lessons will attain the skills and understanding to hold the Master Molecatcher full award and pass the part 2 practical evidence and competence. It is by attending the lessons provided to you that you achieve the part 2- every request you receive from a client/customer is an opportunity to progress. You attend the location and carryout the task to remove the mole. Working to the Code of Practice and returning the next day to inspect the devices placed is the key to your success. If you have captured the mole over night then you have obviously carried out the assessment and placement correctly and have collated your knowledge with the circumstances and demands at that location to achieve the result. This proof is collected and counts towards your evidence to becoming a Master Molecatcher. You need to provide the evidence on fifty separate occasions .
By your attendance each day to inspect the placement of a device, you are immediately complying with risk assessments for that location, things can change daily. Your presence prevents further damage to the location, many operators will leave days even weeks before returning, in this time any failure to catch can lead to further damage to an area, who is responsible for this further damage the mole or the operator through lack of attention to the requested task?
Inspecting the location addresses all possible changes or circumstances such as tampering or disturbances to the placement areas and of course reduces the damage caused by that defiant teacher the mole.
No level of suffering towards an animal is acceptable and the mole is no exception. Below ground no one hears them scream - so the need to inspect any device placed just once a day provides a minimal level of welfare for this rarely seen British Mammal. Devices correctly placed will inflict some level of suffering and that suffering can be increased from circumstances directly out of the control of the operator. By inspecting the devices and the location can reduce unnecessary suffering.
Having attended a location and identified that a mole is present you place a device for that removal. Returning each day to inspect benefits the operator. If the mole has been captured then the information from that lesson can be retained. To return days or longer after the placement to find failure for what ever reason, still results in the need for further placement and the reason is more difficult to ascertain. Another return visit is still required and should a further period of days be allowed with any further failure to catch increases the costs . If a device is placed today then it should be inspected tomorrow and scheduled into the working day, It reduces both costs and time and increases income. Also for the molecatcher it provides vital information to the understanding of moles at different locations and times in the seasons, it is the constant provision of lessons enabling a proficient and professional service.
So you are now thinking fifty over night catch of a mole- but that is not a task many will relish and for many it is impossible as they cannot catch fifty moles in a lifetime yet alone catch one over night. HOWEVER - to a molecatcher it is just another day in the office. Go to a location, assess the risks and the situation. Consider the moles presence, what it is doing there and why, ascertain the correct place for the device to be set, position it and return the next day.
It is what you as a molecatcher, do every day so fifty pieces of evidence should be no problem to achieve- it is not a race you can take your time and learn from the best teachers along the journey.