Brown Hares

The main habitat of the Brown Hare in Britain is open farmland. Unlike Rabbits, hares do not dig and burrow into the ground, but instead live their whole lives above ground. They do not have a particular 'home' and will sleep in any suitable place, continually shifting from one place to another. When a hare rests, it will usually scrape away the vegetation and then lie down on the bare earth. The hare scrapes a shallow depression which is deeper and wider at the back than at the front. This is known as a "Form". They are often made in the shelter of a grassy tussock or a rock which will give some protection from the wind.

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Brown Hares #6263

Brown Hares posing for the camera on the lust green pasture at Hopton in the Scottish Borders.
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Brown Hares #6323

Brown Hares getting intimate at Hopton in the Scottish Borders.
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Brown Hares #6371

Brown Hares getting intimate at Hopton in the Scottish Borders.
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Brown Hares #6391

Brown Hares keeping a watchful eye on the camera lens at Hopton in the Scottish Borders.
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Brown Hare #6221

Brown hare stares down the lens at Hopton in the Scottish Borders.
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Brown Hares #6427

Brown Hares - Two heads are better than one.
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Brown Hare #6484

Brown Hare at full stretch on the lush green pasture at Hopton in the Scottish Borders.
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Brown Hare #6479

Brown Hare with eye firmly fixed on the camera lens at Hopton in the Scottish Borders.
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Brown Hare #6446

Brown Hare with eye firmly fixed on the camera lens, at Hopton in the Scottish Borders.
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Brown Hare @ Bewlie #1188

Brown Hare on a very windy day @ Bewlie in the scottish borders.
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Brown Hare # 0176

Where a hare has been lying, a shallow depression is made, which is a bit deeper and wider at the back than at the front. This is known as a 'form'. They are often made in the shelter of a grass tussock or a rock which will give some protection from the wind.
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Brown Hare # 0185

Brown hares can run incredibly fast, up to 45 miles per hour, although this is saved for escape and they generally lope along at a much more leisurely pace.
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Brown Hare # 0202

Have spent many days tracking down Brown Hares in the border pastures. I can confirm that they run incredibly fast, up to 45 miles per hour, although this is saved for escape and they generally lope along at a much more leisurely pace.
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Brown Hare # 0788

They can run incredibly fast, up to 45 miles per hour, although this is saved for escape and they generally lope along at a much more leisurely pace.
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