... the mad March Hares in April! their noses are down, they are erratically running around, madly trying to find a welcoming woman ... then they’ll have a boxing match!
The female boxes the males to find the strongest, while the male boxes to see if she’s just by any chance ready to settle down. So boxing matches abound in the British countryside around Spring and Easter times.
Hares less than one year old are called leverets; they live solitarily or in pairs, while a “drove” is the collective noun for a group of hares. Out of interest – we have roads named ‘Droves’ down here as ... they were the old livestock routes .. I wonder why the collective of hares is a ‘drove’?!
Young Hare, watercolour and body
colour, 1502, by Albrecht Dürer
You know they run fast ... did you know their bodies are capable of absorbing the g-force produced while running at extreme speeds or while escaping predators? I think I’ll leave Stephen Tremp to explain G-force ...!
In modern paganism the hare (or rabbit) is associated with the spring goddess Eostre. In some parts of Europe, especially Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium Easter is associated with the Easter Hare, rather than the Easter Bunny we celebrate here in Britain.
It is thought the Brown Hare was introduced to Britain in ancient times and has pushed the Mountain Hare north into the mountaineous areas. The hare species is under environmental pressure while farmers are being encouraged to become more wildlife friendly, leaving field margins for wildlife to thrive in.
That is Hare - that is what H is for ..
Part of the ABC - April 2011 - A - Z Challenge - Aspects of the British Countryside
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