Thanking all Romans for bunnies. The Romans brought to these shores many ideas and innovations that we are thankful for from straight roads to central heating and pear trees. Yet I recently learnt that the innocent rabbit can also be added to the list and has been eating his way through the British countryside ever since. An evening stroll to check all is ok, reveals I have a rabbit problem. With a wide swept of the torch across the fields, I catch the startled rabbits mid munch close by. They then continue unashamedly undisturbed in their eating. I am not sure what to do about them.
I recently read* that in Australia rabbits have descimenated what precious little grass there is and damage crops to the extent that farmers have erected 'rabbit proof fencing'. Imported by British settlers excessive rabbit population have contributed to the destruction of Australia's agriculture and its fragile environment. Who would have guessed, these cute bunnies immortalised in children's classics like Watership Down would have such an impact?
At Golden Grove, I understand that guests come to watch and enjoy the variety of animals about from Buzzards hoovering in the far end corner; to fallow deer that run through the parkland that adjoins us to escapee Pheasants from the nearby shoot, so the moment the rabbits remain a numerous as ever.
*Jared Dimond 'Collapse - How societies choose to fail or survive.' Penguin