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From Register Office .......... 21/3/2014

Stephen Whitelaw

My name is Stephen Whitelaw, I am 18 years old and I am from a little village in West Lothian (near Edinburgh) called Ecclesmachan.

My first experience of mole catching was at the age of 15, when I would accompany my father to golf courses he was doing mole control for. He taught me the basics such as identifying active plots as well as setting the traps. The excitement of planting traps and then going back a few days later to find you had caught something is a pleasure I still experience to the day. Tragically I lost my father to cancer in April 2013, which in his honour prompted me to start Molebusters at the age of 17. I do cover other outdoor issues such as foxes, rabbits and nuisance birds, but I make it clear to my clients my specialty is in mole catching. I regularly do work for golf courses, as well as estates, however I do cater for all aspects of greenery.

Ever since my career as a Professional Molecatcher started I have always used traditional methods, as I feel the use of gases and poisons is immoral, as well us ineffective. Molebusters prides itself on professionalism and results, which qualifies me as the finest mole catcher in my area.

Perhaps the youngest Professional Traditional Molecatcher
in the UK

From Register Office .......... 7/8/2013

Denis Froud

My name is Denis Froud, I am 23 years old and from a little village just outside of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

I started catching moles at the age of 10 after being shown by my uncle. The first time he showed me, we had set the trap and was just walking away when suddenly i heard a noise and turned around to see the trap had been struck. I said to my uncle and he said "the trap must of been set too light" but when i pulled the trap out of the ground, there was the troublesome mole. Ever since that day i have had a very keen interest in catching moles and have taught myself everything i know after seeing my uncle set the trap once.  At the age of 18 i set up my own Pest Control business and regulary do contract mole work for local country estates, farms, paddocks, national trust, gardens etc.

Last year (2012) I caught over 500 moles and have a great passion in the art of mole catching. I only use mole traps as, I do not use gas, as it is not way to deal with moles. This works in my favour as I get a lot of calls from clients who have had moles gassed before with no results. This year already i have caught over 300 by using the traditional art of mole catching. I look forward to catching many more. 

Denis Froud.

Perhaps the youngest Professional Traditional Molecatcher
in the UK ( as at 7/8/2013 ! )

(unless you know different !!)

click picture to enlarge

(just beating
Simon Hayhurst
by a year!!

From Register Office .......... 25/7/2013

Ragley Hall, Warwickshire - 19th 20th, & 21st July

.

Christian and Sian from the FLAT Pack Co were there, helped by their children, displaying their new stainless steel bodied traps

This report on the BTMR Stand at the
CLA Game Fair 2013
rom Brian our founder...

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The weather was extremely hot on the Thursday when we were setting up the marquee, and extremely hot on the Friday, temperature was more tolerable on Saturday and Sunday!

The crowds were very good and we had lots of visitors to our site,

Christian and Sian from the FLAT Pack co were there displaying their new stainless steel bodied traps, and had lots of interest in them as well as Simon’s extensive collection of mole traps we were kept busy over all three days answering mole related questions!,

Lots of visitors from all over the UK were there and taking business cards looking for molecatchers all over the country, hopefully you may be one of the many members who will benefit from a call from one of these visitors! If you are it would be good to know!

 Evaluation is very important when we are doing a PR event on behalf of our membership, such as this, so do please let us have details of any feedback you may get.

Wishing you all a very busy forthcoming moleing year.

All the very best

Brian

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From Register Office .......... 14/3/2013

Perhaps the youngest Professional Traditional Molecatcher in the UK( as at 14/3/2013 ! )

The British Traditional Molecatchers Register is proud to have as a recent new member Simon Hayhurst, who at 24 is likely to be the country’s youngest professional Traditional Molecatcher.

Simon from Rossendale Lancashire, has, for many years, been obsessed with the countryside and just the outdoors in general.

He first experienced mole and vermin control with his father when he was a youngster. His Dad was a gamekeeper and controlled many different species of wildlife. He showed him the traditional art of mole catching and the control of other vermin wildlife.

Simon says...”At first I did not find it easy and mostly stressful and annoying. I gave it another shot and this time started to get some results later on I then gained a  qualification in 'wildlife management' and am now in the beginning of my career with my own Mole and Vermin control business. I now have a growing number of clients that I control moles and other vermin critters for and now being a member of BTMR can continue on the great Molecatching tradition!.”

Good luck Simon – a welcome addition to the fine body of professionals who keep the Traditional Molecatching Skills alive and well.

Is Simon the youngest Professional Molecatcher in the UK – If you know of another – let us know !!

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Simon Hayhurst
Not only capturing Moles but also capturing oppertunity and enterprise!!

Well done and welcome to this fine profession.

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BTMR is delighted to announce that.....

Tracy Johnson
from
Yorkshire is BOTH

BTMR
Molecatcher of the Year
2012
and
 Lady Molecatcher
20
12

Tracy Johnson
 - seen here with the prestigious Molecatcher of the Year Trophy

 BTMR
Molecatcher of the Year
for 2012

Congratulations to Tracy Johnson

Tracy won with 2146 moles  and beat previous 2010 winner Dave Jones by just 67 moles!

The average number of moles caught by members
who submitted figures was 1221!

BTMR thanks go to our sponsors of the Prize Whiskey and Thatched Owners for the Trophy

 

Molecatcher of the Year
Previous winners

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Molecatcher of the Year
2011

Bob Brown
from
N
orthumberland

Lady Molecatcher

Tracy Johnson
from
Yorkshire

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2010

Dave Jones
from
North Yorkshire

Lady Molecatcher

Ann Chippendale
from
Lancashir
e

 

Details about the Award
for 2013

The BTMR is pleased to announce the launch of

MOLECATCHER
of the Year award
for 2013
 

This will again be awarded to the member who catches the most moles over a 12 month period?

Start date will be
1st January 2013

1st. prize will be a  bottle of whiskey and a magnificent Shield (with replica to keep) sponsored by
Thatched Owners Group

Numbers will be kept confidential until the final result is announced.
 

 

 

 

Message from Brian Alderton
(Founder BTMR)

So don’t forget the now prestigeous BTMR Molecatcher of the Year Award for 2013 which starts on the 1st of January 2013.

 Could you be our next Molecatcher of the month / year!

Please submit all catch numbers on a monthly basis, this way your business could get extra exposure from you been our Molecatcher of the Month with some details about yourself and a picture on the website!

All the best to members of the BTMR, the UK’s premier Molecatching website.

Wishing you all a good and enjoyable and productive Molecatching year!

Kind Regards

Brian.  
21st December 2013

 

 

 

Bath and West
Show

June

2012

News on Membership fees for 2012

In the light of the current economic climate the BTMR are delighted to inform members and prospective new members that they have been able to maintain membership fees at the same level as last year. This means that membership fees have remained the same for five years and now represent even better value to our members.

From Register Office .......... 6/2/2012

Molecatcher of the month January 2012 - Dave Jones

"I would like to take this oppertunity to wish all members of the BTMR family,  a very Happy Christmas & a Prosperous New year.

I hope the weather is kinder to all this winter, last winter was one of the worst we have had for years, followed by a very dry spring, not the best for moleing!!

A reminder about Molecatcher of the Month & Year, another way to get you and your business more exposure.

Lets see some photos of you appearing on the website.

Once again Happy Christmas to all and enjoy the festive season,

Kind regards Brian."


 

 

Christmas & New Year Message
from our Founder

Brian Alderton

Winner 2011
 BTMR
Molecatcher of the Year

BTMR is delighted to announce that.....

Bob Brown
from
N
orthumberland

is

2011 BTMR
Molecatcher
of the
Year
 

The winner of our this years BTMR Molecatcher of the Year Award is Bob Brown from Northumberland.  The British Traditional Molecatchers Register are delighted that it goes to such a worthy winner and fine ambassador for this great profession. Bob caught the incredible amount of 8,453 moles this year, and is all set for another record year.

Dave receives his Prize and the converted Shield
from BTMR Founder Brian Alderton
(Click Picture to enlarge)

Bob was joined by his son at the short presentation


BTMR Lady Molecatcher
of 20
11

BTMR is delighted to announce that.....

Tracy Johnson
from
Yorkshire is the

BTMR Lady Molecatcher
of 20
11

As usual we recognize the ladies of the Molecatching profession, and have also awarded a ladies prize, a bottle of Bubbly.

This year it goes to Tracy Johnson from Yorkshire. Tracy  managed to catch 2024 moles!

Tracy was presented with her award and a bottle of "Bubbly" by Brian Alderton (Founder of BTMR) on a misty November Morning in Ripon

This year it goes to Tracy Johnson from Yorkshire. Tracy  managed to catch 2024 moles!

Many Thanks to all the members who entered the competition; it was quite amazing to see how many moles members were catching each month!

The average number of moles caught per member from the numbers submitted was 1803.

 

The BTMR is pleased to announce the launch of

MOLECATCHER
of the Year award
for 2012
 

This will again be awarded to the member who catches the most moles over a 12 month period?

Start date will be
1st November 2011

1st. prize will be a  bottle of whiskey and a magnificent Shield (with replica to keep) sponsored by
Thatched Owners Group

Numbers will be kept confidential until the final result is announced.
 

Message from Brian Alderton
(Founder BTMR)

So don’t forget the new BTMR Molecatcher of the Year Award for 2012 which starts on the 1st of November. Could you be our next Molecatcher of the month / year!

Please submit all catch numbers on a monthly basis, this way your business could get extra exposure from you been our Molecatcher of the Month with some details about yourself and a picture on the website!

All the best to members of the BTMR, the UK’s premier Molecatching website.

Wishing you all a good and enjoyable and productive Molecatching year!

Kind Regards

Brian.  
21st November 2010

About Bob........

Bob Brown has been Mole Catching since he was a lad, when his Granddad taught him the tradition.  He has a family run business in Ford, North Northumberland, with his wife Marie and three children.

Bob says ‘People do not realise there is a skill in the art of Mole Catching, it is a tradition that has been passed down through the generations and it is something I am teaching my 10 year old son, in the hope the Mole Catching Tradition will remain in the years to come"’

Bob catches on farm land throughout North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, and also in residential gardens.

 

 

From Register Office .......... 21/10/2011

A reminder to all members  that it is near that time of year!!

No not Bonfire night, but Molecatcher of the Year Award.

It runs from the 1st November 2010 until the 31st October 2011.

Please let

brian@britishmolecatchers.co.uk

have all your figures (Total moles caught 1/11/2010 to 31/10/2011) by November the 5th.

A Large shield and a miniature shield to keep plus a 3 litre bottle of Whiskey awaits the winner, don’t forget also there is a prize for lady Molecatcher of the year!

Best wishes to all members taking part, results will be announced early November!

BTMR
Molecatcher
of the Year

Get your entry in !!

From Register Office .......... 6/10/2011

Lincolnshire Echo - 6th October 2011

Growing mole population is causing damage across Lincolnshire - An article by BTMR Member Michelle Cassidy, Lincoln's only female mole catcher.

 

To read the full article Click Here

From Register Office .......... 12/10/2011

Molecatcher of the month September 2011 - was again - Dave Jones

From Register Office .......... 12/9/2011

Molecatcher of the month August 2011 - was again - Dave Jones

From Register Office

Fliers for you to use.

Click on the link opposite to open up A5 and A4 Fliers that you can customise and use to promote your Molecatching business locally by putting them into Shops, Offices, Pubs , Clubs and Garden Centres. ... Or indeed anywhere you feel appropriate.

Click here for A5

 

Click here for A4