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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!


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