2 August 2002

Brown hares plan

THE Game Conservancy Council has launched a campaign aimed at halting the decline of brown hares.

The organisation has produced a leaflet explaining what farmers can do to help the survival of the species. Brown hare numbers are now estimated to be in the region of 800,000 in the winter months, but the council hopes this can be pushed back up to 2m.

The guide suggests farmers should cut fields from the centre when making silage so hares can escape and leave areas of uncut grass so leverets have a place to hide.

It also says producers should plant game crops and use 20m set-aside strips to help provide wildlife habitats.

Free copies of the leaflet are available (01425-652381 or jpittick@gct.org.uk).

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