One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hare found commonly in much of Eurasia, though absent from Ireland.
Lepus europaeus or 'capensis', family Leporidae
- ‘The biodiversity report lists 25 species at risk, including otters, brown hares, red squirrels, pipistrelle bats, porpoises, six varieties of dolphin and 13 types of whale.’
- ‘Neil Pullen, Swindon wildlife officer for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, said: ‘We are about to launch Swindon's biodiversity plan, and brown hares are noted as a priority species.’’
- ‘The brown hare and the dark-gray squirrel nodded in turn.’
- ‘Ten species of waterfowl nest around the lake; kestrels and buzzards can be spotted in the woodland; and brown hares, stoats, weasels, grey and red squirrels can also be seen.’
- ‘Notable exceptions showed that white wagtails and brown hares shifted from scramble to contest competition as their food was increasingly clumped in space.’
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