March 21st – Brown Hares

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A review of mortality and diseases of hares (Lepus europaeus) in England


The main predators of the hare are man and the red fox (Vulpes vulpes).  Foxes may often take 80% and occasionally up to 100% of leverets each year (Reynolds and Tapper (1995)). Obviously the activities of man have a considerable influence over the brown hare population.  This may be either directly by shooting or trapping hares, or indirectly by fox control programmes and farming/land management (Tapper and Barnes (1986)).  The brown hare prefers cultivated fields but requires some permanent cover.  Small fields with mixed crops are best.  A third main element affecting the population is disease, which is what will be covered in the talk.



About the speakerDevon Mammal Group Brown Hares

Alex Barlow, BVSc, MSc, MRCVS, APHA Wildlife Group, Starcross VI Centre

He qualified from Liverpool in 1978 and went into general practice in Cornwall. He then completed an MSc at the Institute of Aquaculture in 1981. After a short spell in practice in the Outer Hebrides, he joined the State Veterinary Service in 1982. In 1984 he moved to the Veterinary Investigation branch, where he was based at Langford VI Centre until 2014 and then moved to APHA Starcross VI Centre. Alex Barlow was a founder member of the Pig Species Expert Group and the Wildlife Species Expert Group. He has a specialist interest in diseases of British/European wild mammals, as well as a specific interest in zoonotic disease.


When: Thursday 21st March 2019 at 7.30pm

Where: Jurys Inn, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB

Members: £1.50      Non-Members: £3.00

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