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A survey of rabbit damage and control measures used in the east and northeast of Scotland

  • Author(s): Fuchs, Robert M. E.
  • Neill, Gillian J.
  • et al.

A postal survey conducted of 172 farms in the intensive fanning areas of East and Northeast Scotland revealed that one in four farms considered that there was a serious rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus L.) problem. Although a wide range of crops was subject to damage, winter cereals and winter oilseed rape were particularly affected by grazing, especially in the winter and spring periods. Two-thirds of farmers reported damage to temporary and permanent grass in the spring. The most common methods used to control rabbit damage were day-time and night-time shooting. Most methods of control were considered to be cost and time effective.

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