Lisa G Saw

Photography

Hares and Rabbits

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Hare 01 - Round The Bend

Hare 03 - A Moment's Pause

Hare 02 - Running

Hare 04 - Hunkered Down

Hare 05 - Into The Grass

Rabbit 01 - Itchy Ear

Rabbits 03 - Bunny Hop

Rabbit 02 - Yoga For Rabbits

The European hare, also known as a brown hare, belongs to the same Family as rabbits - Leporidae. They are of a similar size, but hares are larger with longer ears. Hares are classed as being of least concern on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list due to the moderate population across Europe, although in some countries numbers have been in decline since the 1960s. In Britain there has been a decline of 75% (Brown hares in the Derbyshire Dales by Christine Gregory). A survey carried out in the late 90s estimated that the hare population of between 817,500 and 1,250,000 individuals (at that time) was probably at best only 20 percent of the numbers present a hundred years before. The reasons for the decline include farming intensification, changes in the pattern of land use and shooting, coursing and poaching (https://www.activenaturalist.org.uk/Hares/brown-hare-population/). Hares have traditionally been hunted in Britain for centuries, but the field sports of beagling and hare coursing became illegal with The Hunting Act of 2004. Despite declining numbers it's still legal to shoot hares throughout Britain.