Hare and Rabbit Survey

We would like you to send us your sightings of the hares and rabbits you see while out and about. By doing this you can help us to find out if:

  • mountain hare coat colour is becoming mismatched to its environment
  • the distribution of these species is changing over time - is the mountain hare declining at the southern end of its range?
  • are brown hares outcompeting mountain hares?

The species we would like your sightings of are shown below. Click the images for more details about why we are interested in each species.

   Brown hare  

 Mountain Hare

 Brown Hare 


How to take part

1. If you see any of the species, make a note of how many you saw, when and where. Try to give as much information as possible about where it was so we can get an accurate location. Optionally you can download and print a postcard (by clicking the image below) to remind you what to look for when you're out and about. You can also use our MoorWILD smartphone/tablet app (for Apple and Android) to record your observation and submit your sightings in the field. Click here to find out more about the app and how to get it. 

2. Submit your sightings.


For more help with mammal identification, you can visit the Mammal Society's website.

Please note: While carrying out this survey you do so entirely at your own risk. Moors for the Future do not accept any liability or responsibility for the well-being of surveyors or damage/loss of their property. Download our Health and Safety Guidelines here.

Hare illustrations (c) Chris Shields

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