I'd arranged for Paul (a member of my Rabbit Hunters groups) to come for a
day on one of my permissions, and today was the day.
We arrived on the land at 2:30pm, and we headed for the warren under the
Nettle patch, watching the banking as we proceeded.
We crept towards the bury, keeping out of site, and slowly got within
Unfortunately, there were no rabbits out, so we checked around the warren,
and still didn't see any rabbits.
I took him across the scrubland and we approached the rock piles where
rabbits are numerous, but difficult to get to because of the steep banking
covered in stone piles, Heather, trees & large bushes. This is an ideal
habitat for rabbits, because it's so inaccessible.
As we approached I spotted a rabbit diving for cover in one of the warrens
under a large bush, so we got into position behind a small dry stone wall,
and waited in ambush.
We'd been sat there a few minutes, when the German Shepherd and Jack
Russell terrier from the neighbouring plot approached very noisily.
The German Shepherd came right up to us while we sat, still barking madly. We daren't
He came even closer, and was stood barking at the back of my head, I could
feel his breath on the back of my neck as I sat still.
After what seemed an age of him barking at the back of my head, he backed
off, and I asked Paul if he'd retreated, and could he stand up slowly.
The dogs headed back towards their home, so Paul sat back down, and we
waited almost 1/2 hour, to see if the rabbits would return after the
But they didn't and time was pressing on.
We headed back towards the Nettle patch, from the field below it. We
checked the banking & feeding area...
...then the fields, as we headed further down the land.
As we approached the woodland, our search turned towards grey squirrels,
but this also proved fruitless.
As we stood looking around the tree tops, a pair of Roe deer passed us and
stood no more than 30 yards away, staring back at us.