Brown hares are visiting us

The latest visitor to our garden is a beautiful brown hare (Lepus Europaeus). Some of our guests have been lucky enough to see him too.

Hares are much larger than rabbits with enormous back legs and long ears which they use to communicate in a sort of hare-ear semaphore. Hares live above ground in a depression called a ‘form’ and are often present in mixed farmland (like ours). They can run for fairly long periods at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour so are often able to outrun any predators. They are generally seen at dawn and dusk.