Rabbit R abbits:
Rabbits were introduced to Britain by the Normans and now number at least 37 million, having recovered from 99 per cent extermination from the deliberately introduced disease myxomatosis in the 1950s.  Females may start breeding at only three to four months old and can produce 4 - 5 litters annually with an average of five young  to a litter.  Rabbits and their young are now an important prey species to many birds of prey, foxes, wild cats in Scotland, stoats, weasels and even mink.

Rabbit damage to crops can result in economic loss for farmers and foresters although fencing and tree guards can often prevent damage becoming serious.  However grazing by rabbits can also help conserve valuable chalk downlands and other habitats by keeping grass short and preventing scrub taking over the habitat.  Millions of rabbits are killed by man every year - using guns, dogs and snares as well as gassing warrens.  Where town meets country rabbits can cause damage by feeding and digging in gardens or sports fields.

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