RABBITS are common in gardens and in the countryside. They are very agile and can
get through most fences as they can CLIMB, JUMP and DIG! They can live either above
or below the ground in burrows and eat a huge variety of vegetation.
Given the right conditions rabbits can breed throughout the year having 6 - 8 litters
averaging 5 young. The rabbits can breed from at THREE months!
Rabbits and Moles
The MOLE is not often seen by people, although it’s work can be seen in fields and
gardens. It is perfectly adapted to burrowing and living underground, and soil excavated
by it is pushed up to form MOLEHILLS.
Moles are a pest to farmers because molehills in a field can DAMAGE agricultural
machines and stock. They can also drive gardeners MAD!
Numbers of rabbits were so huge in the 1950’s that a virus called Myxomatosis was
introduced which decimated the population. Surviving rabbits developed immunity and
various weaker strains of the original virus are still present today.
They may be furry and cute but these are the Gardner’s and Farmer’s nightmare.