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 info icon for more details about why we are interested in each species.

   Brown hare  

 Mountain (Snow) Hare

 Brown Hare 



How to take part

1. Download and print a postcard (by clicking the image below) or pick one up from one of these locations, and take it out with you on your visit to the moorlands. Alternatively you can use our MoorWILD smartphone/tablet app (for Apple and Android). Click here to find out more about the app and how to get it.  

2. If you see any of the species, make a note of how many you saw, when and where. If you see a Mountain hare also note its coat colour and whether there is any snow on the ground. Try to give as much information as possible about where it was so we can get an accurate location.

3. 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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