It’s March, there are hares are a-bout

If you are very lucky you may be able to witness the ‘March Madness’ of hares in the wild as they appear to box each other during the spring season. The hares appear to run about, jump vertically for no reason, and standing on their hind legs, box each other in a comical fashion. This is all to do with the mating season, the male hares are indeed in an amorous mood, but it is the female who bats him away. It is also thought that the boxing tests the strength of the male when competition is fierce for a suitable mate. Hares live above ground in open country, usually hiding in long grass to escape predators, but once disturbed rely on outrunning their enemies. They reach speeds of 45 miles an hour, making them Britain’s fastest wild animal. Hares can also jump sideways and backwards over hedges.

But life is not so dreamy for this creature. English hares are becoming increasingly rare in the south-west. The best way to spot these amazing animals would be to get up early and take a long walk into the countryside, keeping a keen eye for the wide-open fields, long grass and hedgerows of their habitat with a pair of binoculars. You may need a lot of patience.

As with all visits to the countryside, ensure you leave it as you find it, including the safe extinguishing of any cigarettes. Fires should only be lit with the permission of the landowner. For all your fire safety needs including fire extinguishers, fire blankets, fire risk assessments and fire alarms contact us at Bath & West Fire & Safety.

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