I used to live in lots of dune habitats all across the UK, where I was an important part of life in the dunes: my grazing would keep grassland short and by digging my burrows, I would keep patches of sand bare and encourage sand movement through the dunes.
In the 1950s a nasty disease called Myxomatosis killed huge numbers of rabbits very quickly, meaning that there were a lot less of us in the dunes. These sand dunes have become more and more stable without as many of us grazing. Dynamic Dunescapes is helping to encourage my population numbers to grow, so that there will one day be lots of us living in sand dunes again, helping to keep dunes naturally healthy.
I can munch on invasive species, helping some of our rare native plants flourish.
I’m generally nocturnal, but will come out of my warren in daylight if it’s sunny and there aren’t too many people or dogs around. You can spot me on the Sefton coast and at Studland.
Conducting rabbit population surveys, creating bare sand for rabbits to create new burrows in and making sure that other dune conservation activities stay away from rabbit burrows helps keep populations safe and growing.
Projects protecting Rabbit
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