RABBITS

The wild rabbit - is mainly a nocturnal animal and it is usually then that they will venture a distance from their warrens. It is fair to say that for every one rabbit that is seen during the day then many more will be spotted during the hours of darkness.

The popular notion of a rabbits breeding capacity is not exaggerated, for it is possible for a female to produce a litter of three to six every month. A female rabbit will start to reproduce at about four months of age.

A rabbit will eat a pound or more of fresh green food in a day. It can also do extensive damage to young trees by nibbling the bark. Further damage is done by digging holes (warrens) or scrapes in the ground and by the large amount of droppings being deposited on the ground.

Methods of control

Because rabbits can be found in a variety of places then also my work will be varied. Rabbits in public areas or sports fields will take on a very discreet nature were as rabbits in private gardens or open farmland may require a different approach. There are many ways to tackle rabbit damage so the first thing would be for me to undertake a thorough survey of the area - there is no charge for this service. After this has been done I can discuss with you the best method(s) of control.

The use of night vision sights

Because rabbits are normally nocturnal then one very effective means of control is to shoot them at night using night sights. The rabbits are totally unaware of my presence and large numbers can be accounted for in a short space of time.


Aluminium Phosphide gas

The use of gas is a main method of rabbit control but should be used with care because it can be lethal to humans. A full COSHH and wildlife assessment will need to be carried out prior to use.

Ferreting

Ferrets are entered into the rabbit warrens for the purpose of flushing out the rabbits which are either caught in nets or shot with a gun. A main method of control used in public places.

Trapping

Live catch traps can be very effective if positioned in the correct place.  This is a good method of control if rabbits are coming from a neighbours land. Other trapping techniques include the use of the Fenn MK6 traps and longnets.

Drop box traps

Used as part of a long term rabbit control plan, large numbers can be caught when used correctly.


Shooting/ lamping

Normally used at night over large areas of ground. Full risk assessments carried out.

Rabbit exclusion fencing

Offers good long term protection from protected areas.

If you have any further concerns or questions then please do not hesitate to contact me here.

 

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