Mammals

Brown Hare

The Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus) can be spotted in the open fields and farm land that surround the Orchard. Keep an eye out for the black tips that can be found at the end of very long ears sticking up out of long grass. When disturbed you can see Hare bounding across fields at speed in a zig-zag pattern, sometimes reaching speeds of up to 45 mph. In early Spring, when the breeding season is in full swing, Hare can often be seen boxing and fighting with each other and it’s not just the males. In fact, a fed up Doe (female) will box with an amourous Buck (male).


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