Country Living (UK)

Track the baby boomers

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BROUGHT TO OUR SHORES BY BOTH THE ROMANS AND THE NORMANS, the European rabbit (Oryctolagu­s cuniculus) can be spotted in numerous habitats around the UK: from heathlands to hedgerows, woodlands to wetlands. Starting in March, baby rabbits – or kits – venture above ground for the first time. Aged between four and five weeks old, the youngsters feed on vegetation alongside their ever-watchful mother. Once common (much to the ire of farmers and gardeners), disease and habitat loss are thought to have contribute­d to a decline in numbers in recent years. As wild population­s are hard to monitor, help record sightings on a Mammal Mapper. Download one at mammal.org.uk.

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