Cover for our rab­bit pen

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A group of us train our dogs to­gether. Last year the farmer who runs the farm where I shoot gave us half an acre of ground to use as a rab­bit pen. The cover in it was mostly grassy scrub with the odd thorn bush and a wet rushy bit at one end, which pro­vides wa­ter all year as a small stream runs through it. We fenced it with rab­bit-proof net­ting 6ft high and buried in the ground and have an elec­tric fence round to keep out foxes, but now the cover is di­min­ish­ing as the rab­bits eat it. What can we use to make sure there is plenty of cover for the rab­bits to hide in?

The num­ber of rab­bits you have could be an is­sue; the pen must eat­ing the cover per­haps they are not re­ceiv­ing enough sup­ple­men­tary food. Hop­pers of rab­bit food and corn are es­sen­tial, and cab­bage stalks and car­rots are also good. is­lands of thick cover among the open

on the soil by adding peat or ma­nure where you in­tend to plant the el­der, but once es­tab­lished it is hardy and rab­bits do not eat it. Trim it down to knee height at least twice a year so that you can keep your trainees in view when hunt­ing. a few tree saplings for some shade from the sun — make sure they have sturdy

make sure the cor­ners of the pen are wired over as wild rab­bits will climb 6ft wire mesh with ease. PR

Pro­vid­ing sup­ple­men­tary food and some thick cover is es­sen­tial in a rab­bit pen

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