Ladies of leisure

Scan across the Brecks and the one animal you can absolutely guarantee seeing - rabbits and more rabbits. Bill Oddie doesn't think he's ever seen so many rabbits. We take rabbits a bit for granted, because they’re very cute. But it’s almost like we don’t think of them as wildlife. And of course originally, as it happens, they weren’t! The first rabbits appeared here in the Brecks in the 13th century and they’re not native Brits: they were brought over from the Mediterranean, mainly for food and clothing. In fact, many of the place names round here are something Warren - they were rabbit farms. This time of the year it is very peaceful and there isn’t much action going on in the rabbit warren because there are hardly any males around. All the young bucks, probably the troublemakers, are off looking for new groups, so this is a serene, female society. I suppose they’re just chilling out. That’s clever - independent ear movements, one forward and one back.

Release date: 14 Jun 2010

2 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterBill Oddie
Camera OperatorScott Tibbles
Camera OperatorMark Yates
ProducerVicky Webb
ProducerHugh Pearson
Executive ProducerFiona Pitcher

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