This guidance aims to provide the owners and managers of land with an understanding of how to monitor their mountain hare population using approved counting techniques.
Monitoring animal populations is important for a number of reasons. Changes in populations can tell us about responses of species to land and wildlife management, helping to set targets for conservation, sporting interest and population management.
This guidance provides ‘rules of thumb’ to help set up and carry out surveys for Mountain Hares that are expected to be suitable for a wide range of conditions or circumstances.
Two survey types are outlined: night-time spotlighting and establishing a dung accumulation rate.