Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
Brief History of the Rabbit in Britain.......
The Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is surely one of our most familiar mammals,widespread throughout Britain and Ireland including even very small Islands. Originally from North West Africa,Spain and Portugal,they were introduced into Britain by man during the twelfth century,where they were bred in captivity for their meat and fur. Probably quite soon afterwards they escaped from the man made enclosed warrens and established wild colonies - but even as late as the eighteenth century they were not looked upon as a nuisance. By the nineteenth century the rabbit numbers had increased dramatically - probably as a result of agricultural changes such as the introduction of crop rotation and the sowing of winter fodder crops.We also have increasing calls to clear areas of ground ready for tree planting as they are notorius for destroying young plantations, which would cost our customers hundreds of pounds for replanting.
This is where the modern day trapper can make a huge difference to the rapidly expanding rabbit population, with the cage traps, spring traps, Gassing, Ferreting and shooting, rabbit infestations can quickly be brought under control. If you have a problem - give us a call.
(Bark stripped by rabbit)