Rabbit Control

Rabbits often cause many problems, especially to farmers and gardeners alike.

Are Rabbits Native to the UK?

Wild Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) were brought to England from Spain and France by the Normans in the 12th century. Originally kept in captivity as a source of food and fur, many escaped and their increasing numbers meant that farming them wasn’t an option. Famously fast breeders, the diet of the wild rabbit consists of most vegetable matter and as their natural predators were frequently hunted by man, they were quickly able to thrive. In the 1950s, the disease myxomatosis was introduced to curb the rabbit population but they have since developed immunity to the virus and are once again a common sight across the British countryside.

Do rabbits need to be controlled?

Whether they are destroying agricultural crops, building their warrens on school grounds or spoiling a garden, rabbits have to be controlled; it’s a legal requirement, in fact.

Prevention of Damage by Rabbits Act 1939: Rabbits are one of the major wildlife pests in the UK, causing annual losses estimated to more than £100 million. It may be their cute appearance that tricks people into underestimating the destructive capabilities of these mammals. They affect farms and agricultural fields, forests, orchards, sports fields and public and industrial areas.
And it is not just their prolific breeding and capabilities to chew and dig through most landscapes, but also the diseases and viruses they spread to other animals and humans that are reasons of concern.

When do rabbits feed?

Wild rabbits are mainly nocturnal animals beginning their activity from dawn to dusk. They will also come out during daytime if they don’t perceive any threats in their environment. The rabbits’ main source of food consists of grass and leafy plants, but they will feed on bulbs and twigs when there is not enough food available.

How do you control rabbits?

Methods of control I use are live trapping, shooting and ferreting.

If you would like to discuss your concerns regarding rabbit activity or would like to learn more about rabbit control, please contact me through the online enquiry form or telephone 07946 738333‬.

I can tackle a wide range of pest problems

I can control and manage wildlife without the need to use any harmful poisons or chemicals in turn this makes my pest control practices environmentally friendly and ethical.

All my pest control is only aimed at the pests that are to be dealt with, so there is no impact on non-pest species or the environment they live in.


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