Posted 6th Feb 2013
The normally shy and retiring hare gets a sudden burst of energy in March as the breeding season gets underway. Here's where you can see these sprightly hares this spring...
Rathlin Island, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Bursting with wildlife, Rathlin Island is a great place to spot the Irish hare among many other amazing species of wildlife, including dolphins, seals, peregrines, puffins and many more. The Island is free to visit and open from 10am to 4pm, from April until the end of August.â€¨
Flanders Moss Nature Reserve, Stirling, Scotland
Flanders Moss is part of the largest raised bog in Britain and is home to a colony of mountain hares that can often be spotted here. Sometimes found in unusual places, the mountain hares reside in these boggy flatlands year-round, making it well worth the trip no matter what the season.â€¨
Mad March Hares, Moorland Visitor Centre, Peak Districtâ€¨
Embark on an eleven-mile guided walk across Kinder Scout to find the elusive Arctic hares. Best for experienced walkers, the walk starts at 10.45am meeting at the Moorland Visitor Centre, Edale, and finishes at 4.30pm. Booking is essential, call 01629 816 211 or visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk for more information.
Havergate's Hares, RSPB Havergate Island, Suffolk
6th to 8th April
Watch gorgeous brown hares on Havergate this April and you might even see them boxing! Take a boat trip to the island where a variety of birds, including ducks, barn owls and egrets, await alongside the sprightly hares. Prices cost £12 for members and £19 for non-members, with boats departing at 9am, 10am, 12pm and 1pm. â€¨
Spring Brown Hare Walk, Bleasdale
Join the rangers for an early morning walk to watch for brown hares and their mad spring antics. The walk lasts approximately two hours, starting at 8am, with tickets costing £3 per adult and £2 for concessions. Booking is essential through the Garstang Centre on 01995 602 125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.â€¨
To find out more on the mad March hares turn to p.108 of the March/April 2013 issue!
By Natalie Mason