Best places to see hares

Top UK sites to spot hares


Early spring is usually the best time to see brown hares, because this is when their breeding season gets underway.


If you’re lucky you may even spot them boxing, though you may need several visits to be sure of seeing this spectacle!


Buckenham Marshes, Norfolk

WWT Welney, Norfolk

King’s Forest, Suffolk

RSPB Havergate Island, Suffolk 

Willow Tree Fen, Lincolnshire

The South Downs Way

RSPB Saltholme, Cleveland

RSPB Otmoor, Oxfordshire

Buscott and Coleshill National Trust estates, Oxfordshire

Bleasdale and Lower Fair Snape, Forest of Bowland, Lancashire

Chesil Beach, Dorset

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire


Brown hare © David Tipling


Anglesey, North Wales

Dolydd Hafren, Montgomeryshire, Wales


WWT Caerlaverock, Dumfries & Galloway

RSPB Loch Gruinart, Isle of Islay, Scotland

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