Tuesday, 3 March 2015

March 2015 Mammal of the Month - The Brown Hare




Our mammal of the month for March, is the 'Mad March' hare. Brown hares are present across most of the country in lowland areas and our records for Berkshire are all in the west of the county to date (west of Bradfield) so it would be great to get some from elsewhere - see if you can spot this speedy character when walking on farm or grassland. Please record any sightings for us here.

 

Our top five hare facts are:

 

* They can run fast - up to 45 miles per hour!

 

* They have longer ears than rabbits, with black tips

 

* Unlike rabbits, they don't burrow. Instead they make small depressions called forms.

 

* Young hares are called leverets

 

* Females can have up to four litters every year.

 

The Mammal Society factsheet has more details:

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