In the UK, both brown and mountain hares have suffered substantial population declines in the last century. Both are recognised as threatened species, and are included in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. A 1995 target set for brown hares, to double springtime numbers in Britain by 2010, was not achieved.
Enhancing the survival of hares, and particularly the young (leverets), would greatly assist in achieving an increase in numbers, as envisaged by the Action Plan. Yet, each year, during the breeding period, many tens of thousands of dependent leverets are left to die when pregnant and nursing females are killed.
HSI is taking urgent action to help protect these already vulnerable animals. Support our life-saving work to protect hares and other animals with a special donation today!
February 7, 2014
HSl/UK welcomed news that government funding for the UK's National Wildlife Crime Unit has been guaranteed until 2016. The NWCU works to detect and prevent wildlife crime, assisting police forces in wildlife crime investigation and identifying local or national threats.
April 18, 2013
Environment Minister Richard Benyon rejected calls for a meeting to discuss the need for a statutory close season for hares, in order to protect pregnant and nursing does and their young during their sensitive breeding season.
June 21, 2012
The fragmented 19th century legislation relating to hares is in urgent need of modernisation.
June 21, 2012
HSI UK co-hosted a reception to raise the important issue of the need for increased protection for hares at the House of Commons in London alongside colleagues from Conservatives Against Fox Hunting.