There are few if any rabbits in my area anymore and a chap I met couple of nights ago tells me there’s virus more deadly than myxomatosis that is now used which is near 100% wipe- out. Is this true? TONY Hello Tony Like you, we have very few rabbits in our area these days and I believe that there are a number of reasons for that. We have a large population of common buzzards which predate on the rabbits all day, every day, so they must be having an impact on numbers. Secondly, we have recurrent myxomatosis that has wiped out huge numbers in the past, and lastly there’s the virus you refer to – Viral Haemorrhagic Disease ( VHD). I’m told that it’s very destructive and has spread here from mainland Europe in recent years. I’ve sent rabbit poo samples to a research lab’ studying the problem and they’ve confirmed that it is in my area. Because the population is now so small, I only hunt them when they present a specific problem. Away from those areas, I’m just happy to see them because I worry they might get wiped out for ever. With no rabbits, our sport would be very different. Ed.
Will the rabbit be lost to the UK soon? Nobody knows yet