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The agility and grace of the European hare (Lepus europaeus) is a familiar sight in the British countryside and their spirited springtime antics mark the end of winter in the minds of many.
Despite their similarities in appearance to the European rabbit the life history and behaviour of the European hare differs significantly. We examine the story of the hare and discover the true meaning of ‘Mad as a March hare’.

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European Hare (Lepus europaeus) feeding on grass. Wales, UK, May. Did you know? Brown hares are primarily nocturnal. - Andy Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) feeding on grass. Wales, UK, May. Did you know? Brown hares are primarily nocturnal.
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in grass field, UK, May - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) in grass field, UK, May
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) showing markings on back of its ears, Wiltshire, UK - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) showing markings on back of its ears, Wiltshire, UK
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) rear view of ears showing markings and black tips, Wiltshire, UK - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) rear view of ears showing markings and black tips, Wiltshire, UK
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait in evening light, UK  (non-ex) - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait in evening light, UK (non-ex)
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) crouching in autumn stubble field, UK  (non-ex) - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) crouching in autumn stubble field, UK (non-ex)
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) rear view in crop field in evening, UK  (non-ex) - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) rear view in crop field in evening, UK (non-ex)
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait in evening light, UK  (non-ex) - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait in evening light, UK (non-ex)
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) rear view sitting in long grass. Wales, UK, June. - Andy Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) rear view sitting in long grass. Wales, UK, June.
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) stretching. Wales, UK, February. - Andy Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) stretching. Wales, UK, February.
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret portrait. Wales, UK, June. - Andy Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret portrait. Wales, UK, June.
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait. Wales, UK, July. - Andy Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait. Wales, UK, July.
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, April - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, April
European hare (Lepus europaeus) male standing on hind legs watching female, UK, April - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) male standing on hind legs watching female, UK, April
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in grass field, UK, May - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) in grass field, UK, May
European hare (Lepus europaeus) cleaning feet, UK, May - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) cleaning feet, UK, May
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, May - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, May
RF- European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret cleaning, UK, May. - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / RF- European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret cleaning, UK, May.
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret eating grass in field, UK, May - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret eating grass in field, UK, May
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, April - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, April
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field, UK, May - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field, UK, May
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field, UK, May - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field, UK, May
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, ~UK, June - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, ~UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, ~UK, June - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, ~UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase infront of light aircraft, UK, June - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase infront of light aircraft, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) male chasing female, UK, June - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) male chasing female, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, UK, February - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, UK, February
Three European Hare (Lepus europaeus) chasing, a courtship behaviour. Wales, UK, June. - Andy Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / Three European Hare (Lepus europaeus) chasing, a courtship behaviour. Wales, UK, June.
European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK
RF- European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / RF- European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK
European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK
European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK
European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) female boxing male during courtship, UK  (non-ex) - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) female boxing male during courtship, UK (non-ex)
European Hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, female on right. Wales, UK, June. Sequence 2 of 2. Did you know? A group of hares is known as a drove. - Andy Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, female on right. Wales, UK, June. Sequence 2 of 2. Did you know? A group of hares is known as a drove.
European Hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, female on right. Wales, UK, June. Sequence 1 of 2. - Andy Rouse / 2020VISION
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, female on right. Wales, UK, June. Sequence 1 of 2.
European hares (Lepus europaeus) male and female at start of courtship, UK, February - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) male and female at start of courtship, UK, February
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, ~UK, February - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, ~UK, February
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) male and female during courtship, UK  (non-ex) - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) male and female during courtship, UK (non-ex)
European hares (Lepus europaeus) mating, UK, February - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) mating, UK, February
European hares (Lepus europaeus) mating, UK, February - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) mating, UK, February
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leverets in field, ~UK, June - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leverets in field, ~UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret running in field, UK, June - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret running in field, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) leveret jumping,~UK, June - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) leveret jumping,~UK, June
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