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markjadams

Who in Wales has rabbits?

I moved to Wales from East Sussex about 6 years ago and was hoping that now I owned some acreage I would have rabbits on my own fields to shoot.

Now six years on I am very dissappointed as I have only even seen one young rabbit and that was in the middle of the day for about 1 minute (never to be seen again).

Now that I run a free range poultry farm I am often getting asked for rabbit and pigeon by customers and it is a bit annoying when I have to say I have none.

I used to shoot rabbit and wood pigeon on a regular basis and struggled to even give them away.

My question is this: Is this just me that has this issue or is Wales devoid of the rabbit population?

Mark.
vegplot

They're kept within the walls of the Welsh castles to stop the English getting at them. Old habits die hard.
judith

In the whole of my first five years of living here, I saw just one small rabbit on our land. Lately, however, the numbers have been gradually increasing to the extent that I regularly see one or more out on the lawn and am desperately trying to find someone with a ferret. It took me ages to work out that this had absolutely nothing to do with the natural ebb and flow of the rabbit population and everything to do with the fact that my gun-happy neighbour left at about the same time the population started to rise!
sally_in_wales

Very few round here, I miss being able to get hold of rabbit easily
T.G

Theyíve all realised Wales isnít what it was and come here Very Happy, well not here, here, as Iíd never get in the study door but out and around on the hillsides, we often see a scurry of little white bobtailed bums disappearing across the fields.

However, I doubt it will last long, the Welsh invasion of bunnies must have realised their mistake, realised this isnít Rhyl as there seems to be an substantial increase of rabbits arbitrarily abandoning their will to live and hurling themselves at passing vehicles. Whether this is some protest or merely a deluded fun way to pass an afternoon, I personally donít know, but I do know they have started to impact on the scenery, with their many oddly crumpled and squished bodies huddled in the gutter edgeÖ pretty disheartening sight. Sad

Or it maybe that Iím zoning in more as I used to stop to collect the odd not too badly gravel tattooed body for the ferrets when my middle son still lived at home.

But rabbit is rather tasty.
Rosanne

rabbots are pests here. My friend came to shoot them and in about an hour he had 25. I went up the field next day and there seemed to be just as many as before. They eat into the hay field for about 5 yards on the side that backs onto the wood.
Bebo

All over the place here. Even see them hoping about in the station car park in the morning and evening.
Bodger

Wall to wall rabbits here, inspite of my best efforts.
Ty Gwyn

They're kept within the walls of the Welsh castles to stop the English getting at them. Old habits die hard.


Your good lady has learnt you well my friend.
Colin & Jan

Come to Kent; there are zillions of the bloody things.
markjadams

I would love to, I do miss them, I saw them everywhere in Sussex.

Maybe they don't want to learn welsh Very Happy
Treacodactyl

Do you have many near you?

I have a similar problem, bought a few acres expecting there to be bunnies for the pot and I've not seen many. However, there's a few about and a mile or two away there's loads. I don't think they've been hunted too much, if at all.

Plenty of deer though...
markjadams

The farm half a mile down the hill says she has rabbits, but none of the neighbouring fields seem to have any.

When I collect things from a few miles away(5 miles of so) I see lots of rabbits running around.

Mark.
Ty Gwyn

I would love to, I do miss them, I saw them everywhere in Sussex.

Maybe they don't want to learn welsh Very Happy


Maybe its your accent thats driving them off,try speaking Welsh to them.
Kenworth

They are in my side yard.

My chihuahuas are fascinated by them.
chris123

there are pockets of them about i usually have about 30 a week will increase that as the nights draw in seems the old bunny is increaseing in popularity again which is good news for me Very Happy


chris123
VSS

Wall to wall rabbits here, inspite of my best efforts.

Strange isn't it - I am about 2 miles from Bodger and we have a had aresident population of 3 rabbits for the last 13 years - never more of less.

Bodger (and others) who live on the other side of the main road will have lots because he has got all our soil! Someone must have it becasue we haven't Very Happy
Bodger

I'll bring you some soil and some rabbits. thumbup
Forget your lack of rabbits Dot. Rolling Eyes You're surrounded by thousands of pheasants that have been put down by a pillock who hasn't got a clue. I have to slow down when I drive past your place, so that I don't mow dozens of them down. Laughing
VSS


Forget your lack of rabbits Dot. Rolling Eyes You're surrounded by thousands of pheasants that have been put down by a pillock who hasn't got a clue. I have to slow down when I drive past your place, so that I don't mow dozens of them down. Laughing

Actually, I think that is rather unfair - have you met the guy running the shoot? He is very knowledgable and has some really good ideas as to how to make it pay. I really hope he makes a go of it. Much better to have the shoot managed than go to rack and ruin as it has for most of the last 10 years.

But yes, there is plenty of roadkill about if you can stop when you see it.
Bodger

He's putting down approximately three times the amount that the previous keepers put down on the shoot. Having beaten on it for many years and IMO, my comments are informed and fair.
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