How you can help rabbits this Easter

Take part in this survey to provide essential information on rabbits and encourage biodiversity on your doorstep.


The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is calling for volunteers to take part in its Living with Mammals survey in a bid to save UK rabbit populations. 

Rabbit numbers have suffered a decline over the past 10 years, from 29 per cent of the total mammal population in 2005 to 23 per cent in 2015.

Disease and the loss and fragmentation of habitat threaten the lagomorphs. 

The PTES survey provides an insight into wildlife populations and helps to protect animals in decline.

“It doesn’t require a lot of time to take part in Living with Mammals but the findings are invaluable for the conservation of species,” says PTES’s David Wembridge.

Britain’s mammals can be found in a variety of green spaces, from household gardens to public parks.

To take part you’ll need to select a site close to your home, work or school and spend some time each week recording your mammal sightings.

“With the help of surveys like this, it is the first step to doing something about the decline in rabbit numbers. After all, Easter wouldn’t be the same without the Easter bunny!” says Wembridge.

To get involved in the Living with Mammals survey, register online before 1 May 2016.

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