The brown hare’s distinctive large ears and characteristic black tips, along with their long hind legs, make them easy to recognise and removes the possibility of confusing them with rabbits. This energetic animal is notorious for displaying erratic behaviour in frivolous chases and frenzied boxing.
Numbers of the once common brown hare have shown a steady decline in England since the 1960s. This may be linked to changes in the way crops are grown and grasslands are managed. Shooting and hare coursing, especially in areas where the hare is already declining, may also have contributed to losses. Norfolk holds nationally important populations of brown hares and, whilst numbers have declined, it remains a stronghold for this species.
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