Irish Hare – Lepus timidus hibernicus
Habitat: Upland & moorland.
Description: Sub-species of the mountain hare and very similar with exception that they do not grow a white winter coat and are noticeably smaller. Fur colouration is a reddish brown in summer and a grey brown colour in winter. Eyes are large on the side of the head and a pure white tail.
Size: 52-56cm in Ireland.
Weight: Approx 2.5 – 3.5kg – females slightly heavier than males.
Lifespan: 3-4 years on average.
Origin & Distribution: The genetically very distinct Irish hare form, Lepus timidus hibernicus, is found throughout Ireland.
Diet: Herbivores that feed on grasses, heather, herbs and sedges as well as willow, gorse and bilberry in winter.