The Peak District Mountain Hare is one of the most iconic mammals we have in the Uplands of England. Surrounded in many places by driven grouse moors, they are in need of protection. This special mammal has been present in Britain for a long time and were native to the Peak District but sadly died out around 6,000 years ago.
The current population in the Peak District is descended from reintroductions in the 1870s. Since then there has been a small population, estimated to be between 1,500 and 5000 in number.
There are indications though that these numbers are much lower. It is the only population of this mammal in the whole of England.
The Hare Preservation Trust is urging the Government to introduce legislation to provide the equivalent level of protection for Mountain Hares in the Peak District in England.
I’ve written about the issues in the Peak District and its wildlife for nearly as long as my blog has been going. The first entry on my blog was in October 2009 giving you some ideal of how long I’ve personally tried to bring an awareness of the issues the wildlife face in the Peak District.
Emptying our Uplands and the Glorious Twelve being just two of many posts I’ve written on my blog covering these issues. I’m extremely passionate about all wildlife but more so our wildlife here in Britain. I’ve spoken about the issues at talks and at the BAWC Wildlife crime conference back in 2016.
If you are a UK resident please sign and share the petition to help get the same level of protection for the Mountain Hares in the Peak District as the Mountain Hares in Scotland.
This would mean alot to me and many others that are fighting to keep this very fragile population from going extinct on our watch.
Please click here to sign this petition, many thanks.