Food selection by brown hares (Lepus capensis) on cereal and turnip crops in north-east Scotland.

Published online
01 Jan 1978
Content type
Journal article
Journal title
Journal of Applied Ecology

Hewson, R.

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On plots of oats and barley brown hares grazed much more heavily on the outer rows, alongside the space between the plots, than on inner rows. On barley plots treated with 0, 25, 50, 75 or 100 units N there was a negative correlation between applied N and the amount grazed. This was absent or could not be detected when grazing was light. Turnips in plots at the outer edge of a block of plots alongside a clear space were more heavily damaged than elsewhere, regardless of cv. Of 7 turnip cv. the same 2 were preferred on different farms in successive yr and the same 2 selected against. These choices were not correlated with nutrient content. [1 unit N = 1.12 lb/ac]

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