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Learn traditional mole catching skills

Our one-day mole-catching course is accredited and certificated by UK Rural Skills and at only £125.00 [no vat] continues to reflect the Guild’s non-profit making attitude and support towards those that want to learn traditional mole control!

UK Rural Skills runs more courses and is used and recognised by the Pest control industry in general.

Traditional Mole Control is a Heritage skill-practiced by dedicated molecatchers long before the inception of the pest controller .

Many training providers will offer a modern interpretation of the way of the old molecatcher in a way that is groomed to modern practices. Heritage skills are traditional crafts that should not be changed for any reason or circumstance to comply with trends to modern ways.

Second to none for value, so why pay more?

  • UK Rural Skills certificated
  • Those registered with BASIS Registration Ltd Prompt scheme for continued professional development earn 12 points by attending a Guild training course.
  • The course is designed and presented by the UK's leading authority on mole catching Jeff Nicholls. He offers trainees the best possible opportunity to understand all aspects of the use of mole traps.
  • Guild members attain the opportunity to progress to work for the Master Molecatcher award- for details click here

The Guild of British Molecatchers - Setting the standard for mole control in Britain

The Guild of British Molecatchers is extremely fortunate to have secured the services of the UK's leading authority on mole catching to provide the best available, comprehensive, and affordable instruction in traditional mole control. You may have read Jeff’s Books, seen him on TV, or heard him on the Radio, opening the mysterious world beneath our feet to all. So why not come and spend a day with Jeff and learn from him yourself in an educational and entertaining experience that only Jeff can provide.

Next course dates:

Sunday 24th March 2024
Next date to be confirmed.


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courses are limited to 8 places

Course fee: £125.00 including Lunch and refreshments and fully recognised UK Rural Skills certification & BASIS CPD points awarded.

Why pay more - to learn less?

A Relaxing Venue

The venue chosen by the Guild is perfect for a relaxed environment to learn this fascinating craft and once again Cantley House Hotel have shown support towards the work of the Guild by maintaining their best possible cost for all they provide, allowing the Guild to offer the best possible teaching at the best possible price. The venue caters for all your needs offering;

  • On site accommodation if required,
  • Special dietary requirements if necessary
  • Easy access to the major road networks so getting there is stress free.

We are the only mole catching organisation working collectively to promote time-honoured methods of mole control alongside promoting welfare of the mole to ensure the future of this traditional craft.

To book or for further information, please email

The Guild of British Molecatchers is intent on establishing and maintaining a recognised standard for traditional mole control in Britain. The Guilds training course in traditional mole catching skills is open to non-members and members alike.

The Benefits

  •  Accredited by and certificated by UK Rural Skills
  • Designed and presented by the UK's leading authority on mole catching  Jeff Nicholls, offering trainees the best possible opportunity to understand all aspects of the use of mole traps.
  • Those registered with BASIS Registration Ltd Prompt scheme for continued professional development earn 12 points by attending a Guild training course.
  • Successful completion of the course is accepted as a path to the Master Molecatcher award part 1
  • The course is available to individuals and groups.
  • The location has been chosen to provide a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Practical opportunities are just a door away making the whole experience stress free. Yes, there are moles on site to provide practical training and advice.
  • The venue staff provide excellent service to make the day a memorable one.
  • The venue is perfect for a weekend break
  • All those that attend are permitted to use the official UK rural skills certified learner logo on both their company paperwork and media etc

  • The relaxation continues into the classroom for a home from home feeling as you absorb the information making the whole experience one to remember

    Enjoy Your Day with us

    The day is divided into both theoretical and practical sessions.

    • Welcoming refreshments await your arrival at the venue, a country house hotel set in idyllic grounds, where you will learn of the humble mole and instruction on traditional mole control.
  • In the morning session, a wealth of knowledge is clearly imparted and explained with the aim of making you conversant with best practice in the control of the little man in black.
  • A morning coffee break provides an opportunity for a short interruption in the demands of assimilating the detailed content of the morning session.

    • Use of earth implements is covered before you enjoy lunch (restaurant or a buffet). Special dietary requirements can be catered for
    • After lunch (and time to relax), venturing into the venues acres of grounds offers an opportunity for you to make practical use of the instruction received during the morning session. The location has resident moles to help explain the fascinating world beneath your feet and really set you on your path to understanding this strange world.
    • The afternoon session is interrupted by a short break for a cup of tea and some cake and concludes with a chance to ask questions to the foremost authority on mole catching.


    A beautiful Victorian Country House Hotel, set in acres of Berkshire parkland, formerly the home of the Marquis of Ormonde, is the venue for the Guild of British Molecatchers training courses.

    The hotel is in central Berkshire (junction 10 of the M4) with easy access from all major road networks including the M25, M3 and M40.

    Rooms at the Cantley House Hotel go fast but other amenities are within a few minutes from this training venue

    Cantley House Hotel offers special weekend deals so why not make your learning a short break. Enjoy the luxury that the hotel provides and stay over for the weekend.

    Dining at Cantley House Hotel is a unique experience; from the delicious cuisine and warm surroundings of the converted stable barn to the quirky, modern decor and relaxed atmosphere of the Vault Bar.


    Bracknell has two Premier Inns- The Twin Bridges which attendees traveling from M3 will drive past on route and the Bracknell Central -look on the Premier Inn web site for locations and prices- new premier Inn in Wokingham now open

    Those arriving via the M4 may wish to consider the travel Lodge, London Road ,Binfield- Tel :- 08719 846015 or the Hilton St Annes Manor Hotel Tel:- 01189 772526 both these are also just a few minutes from the training venue.

    All these venues have web site access to booking and facilities available.

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