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Friday, 18 December 2015

Waystone Edge, Mountain Hare

Saw a fantastic winter pelaged mountain hare near the Waystone this morning.  This is the northernmost Pennine one I've seen, being several miles north of the Saddleworth Moor population.  I have a booklet published by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust called, 'The Mountain Hare in the Peak District', which states that during a survey of this species in 2000, one was recorded by National Trust wardens on Close Moss (south of Buckstones Moss and south of the A640).

Merry Christmas, Chris

3 comments:

Steve Blacksmith said...

That's brilliant, Chris. I've been up there looking for them, but never been lucky.
In frustration, a couple of took a drive a bit further south, above Dovestones Res. Again, no luck, but tragically, we found one freshly killed in the road!

A regular watcher of the moors I know says he has seen them even north of the M62 occasionally.

ChrisJB said...

I do have some old records (from the 1970's I think) of individuals seen on Blackstone Edge and Rishworth Moor. One was claimed on Blackstone Edge couple of years back, but when I saw the photo it was clearly a brown hare. If you do try again on Saddleworth Moor, let me know and I can give you a couple of decent areas to target.

Steve Blacksmith said...

Thanks Chris, I will.