It is not unusual to see brown hares during the day, however they are in fact nocturnal and spend about two thirds of their time feeding. Whilst a dainty looking character the brown hare can run upto 45 mph in order to evade predators.


Brown hares are common throughout the British Isles, and can be found throughout Europe. Mainly found in lowland areas with plenty of vegetation.


A herbivorous creature they feed on grasses and herbs.

Predators & Threats

Due to their extremely fast nature adults of this species are able to out maneuver and out run a number of potential predators, such as foxes and large birds of prey. However the smaller juveniles are not as fast and are primary targets for; foxes, buzzards and owls.


  • Unlike their close relatives, the rabbit, hares do not live in burrows.
  • Baby hares are called leverets.
  • During breeding season, males and females “box” each other in order to deter mating attempts or to test the males competitiveness.


Common Name(s)Scientific Name
 Brown Hare, European Hare Lepus europaeus
 50-60 cm
 4 years

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Brown Hare