Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
The rabbit was thought to have been introduced to Britain by the Normans, although early remains show that some may date back to Roman times. The rabbit is now found across almost all of Western Europe. Each individual can grow up to 40 cm in length. Rabbits are distinguished from the Hare by size (the Hare is bigger), and the rabbit has a white tail when running, smaller hind leg and lacks the characteristic black tips found on the hare’s ears.
Rabbits can reach sexual maturity in 2-3 months and have a gestation period of just 28 days. Up to 5 litters per year are possible with the average litter size being about 5.
If after conducting an assessment, control is deemed necessary, there are a number of options available. Fencing (electric and wire) can be effective although can also be costly. Gassing using Aluminium Phosphide (Professional trained staff only) is an option as is shooting, snaring (free running noose), spring traps, ferreting, cage traps and drop traps.