Rabbits were introduced by the Normans from
the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa in
the 12th century to provide meat and fur.
They escaped their enclosures and colonised
Britain very quickly. They can live for up
to 9 years but in the wild they rarely live
for longer than 12 months. Rabbits become
sexually mature at four months and breed
quickly. On average doe’s (female rabbit)
will produce 20 young per year with a
gestation period of four weeks. Rabbits will
rarely travel further than 200 meters from
their main burrow.
The myxomatosis epidemic began in 1954 and
almost wiped out the entire population.
However, rabbits are now increasingly
resistant to this viral disease. Adults will
often recover from the disease and this
immunity is passed on through the
generations. Their numbers are now close to
pre ‘mixy’ levels.
Why control them?
Rabbits are one of Britain’s most widespread
and destructive agricultural pests. They
cause considerable damage and can decimate
crops, with the resulting loss of profit on
cereal fields and other crops. They also
destroy fine lawns and vegetable patches in
gardens, not to mention eating tree bark
which can quickly kill young and old trees
by ring-barking the trunks. Rabbits also
pose a risk to health and safety by digging
burrows and scrapes that can represent a
trip hazard for people, livestock and
horses, and in extreme cases, the collapse
of banks, tracks, hedges and farm roads.
Overgrazing by Rabbits threatens native
mammals through direct competition for food,
removes plant cover and contributes to soil
There are many methods that can be used to
control Rabbit numbers including live
trapping, traps, ferreting, shooting and gas
to name but a few. Often a combination of
methods will be used depending on the area,
the scale of the problem and proximity to
domestic pets or other wildlife. Another
option is Rabbit proof fencing dug into the
ground around the perimeter. If you require
assistance in controlling a Rabbit problem
or want to proof your premises against
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