The Blue Hare campaign: It’s Time For A Close Season For Hares In England And Wales
Brown hares populations have declined by an estimated 80% from 4 million hares a century ago to around 750,000 today. This is due to a change in agricultural practices where hay meadows, a favoured habitat for hares, have been largely replaced by silage production meaning more cuts in a year, which also means concealed leverets are killed in farm machinery. Another important reason for their decline is due to the fact that around 390,000 hares’ are shot each year leaving tens of thousands of leverets to starve to death waiting for their mothers to return.
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