H is for...Hares

Early spring is the best time to see the fastest land mammal in the country. Reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour at full pelt, the brown hare is one of our great athletes, and its great speed can make it a tricky character to get a good look at.
H is for...Hares

Luckily, 'mad March hares' choose a different sport in the spring, taking up boxing instead of sprinting. The fighters are actually the females, spurning the advances of males by boxing prospective partners. Their activity is much more noticeable before the grass and crops have grown up to their full height.

Our brown hares are somewhat of a celebrity, having been featured on BBC’s Countryfile back in 2017. The show was aired on Easter Sunday and was watched by a national audience, with our wonderful hares being the centre of attention and providing a welcome talking point for those who had never before seen, or heard, of Brockholes.

The best places to look are open grassy or arable fields, particularly near to woodland fringes or decent hedgerows where hares can find shelter. Get up early to increase your chances of finding a boxing match, and stay down wind to avoid your scent giving you away.

Hares on Countryfile