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Action Plan:  Species
Mammals
Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus)
UK Lead Organisations:
 
 
County Lead Organisation:
 
 
 
Objectives
  • To maintain the current existing populations within Staffordshire.
  • To expand the existing populations in Staffordshire.

Policy
  • Seek to ensure that policy makers for agricultural land are 'Hare Aware'. (SBAP Partnership, SMG) 
 
Protection
  • Hares are game species and enjoy some limited protection through the Ground Game Act 1880 and the Hare Protection Act 1911. They may not be offered for sale between 1 March and 31 July, a discouragement to shooting during the main breeding period.
 
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
  • Survey and recording is undertaken by Staffordshire Mammal Group.
  • Advice on habitats available from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, the Staffordshire Mammal Group and FWAG.
  • An SBAP Species Recording Card has been produced and circulated for the brown hare.
  • Seek to target long term set-a-side to increase hare numbers, especially on the fringe of current distribution. (DEFRA, FWAG)
  • Seek to manage non-agricultural land e.g. amenity grassland and parkland to encourage hares. (Landowners, Developers)
  • Seek to incorporate beneficial brown hare management practices into Staffordshire County Council farms estate tenancy agreements. (County Farm Estates)
 
Advisory
  • Contact with landowners to make them 'Hare Aware' as well as distributing the 'Hare Aware' fact sheet. (SMG, Rodbaston College)
  • Increase species awareness for the public and landowners through education, promotion and events. (SBAP Partnership)
 
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