Rabbit Decline – revisited

In 2015, an influential survey was undertaken in collaboration with falconers across the UK and Ireland, in partnership with The University of East Anglia. The primary objective was to illuminate the population dynamics of rabbits and assess their vulnerability to Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD). Approaching the seven-year milestone since the original publication, it is opportune to re-examine the survey’s outcomes and consider the evolution of the rabbit landscape over the intervening years.

Collaborative Research:
Conducted in partnership with The University of East Anglia, the survey yielded a comprehensive report in 2016, offering valuable insights into the prevalence of VHD and its consequential impact on local rabbit populations.

Distinct from myxomatosis, where a natural immunity engenders a cyclical pattern of decline and recovery, VHD presented a stark contrast with a 100% mortality rate among infected individuals.

Access to Original Report:
We have made the original report available in the ‘free access’ section of this website. Additionally, subscribing members can access the article and related activities as an approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity, worth two hours CPD. The completion of this CPD activity will be permanently recorded in the member’s CPD record.

Registration for Free Access:
For those who have not yet registered for free access, detailed information is available through the following link: #readmore.

We invite readers to engage with this updated exploration into the dynamics of rabbit decline and VHD impact. Adding your own comments will provide valuable insights for professionals and conservationists alike.

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