There are a lots of different types of rabbits but the one we have in the UK is the European rabbit which originally comes from Spain and South West France. They were first believed to be brought over to the UK by the Normans, but after an archaeological dig in Norfolk, that discovered remains of a 2000 year old rabbit, it is now believed that the Romans introduced rabbits to Britain. All our pet rabbits originate from this rabbit.
Rabbits can breed around 4 to 5 times a year and average 7 young in a litter. They are prey for numerous different animals and while I was taking photos of these young rabbits a stoat came out of the grass carrying a baby rabbit in its mouth, ran across the road and disappeared into the grass verge. Unfortunately I wasn’t quick enough to get a photo.
Most afternoons on the bus on the way home from school I see a black rabbit in one of the fields. I’ve cycled back up a few times over the past week and have now seen a baby black rabbit, but again it is too nervous and too quick for me to get a photo of it.
Although rabbits a pretty common it is still important to report sightings of rabbits to organisations who keep data on wildlife. On my local patch last year the rabbit population didn’t do very well as there were lots of cases of myxomatosis.
I report my sightings to Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre. http://www.tverc.org
While sat waiting for the stoat to reappear I was watching a wren which made a very loud alarm call whenever any predator came near, but it mainly got annoyed with the crows and magpies over head.
This weekend was the garden bioblitz. I found a nest of spiderlings and a very interesting male Scorpion fly.
It was the end of the half term break so time for one last look at the badger cubs. When I arrived there were two cubs sat grooming each other and after a short while I could spot four cubs wandering around through the brambles. It is getting harder to see them now the vegetation is growing taller and thicker.