Children's Page - Autumn 2013
Hi! Welcome to the Children's Page of the Hare Preservation Trust!
Fun facts about hares
Painting by Danielle Earp
Brown hares are found throughout the UK, they like to make their homes in farmland, heathland and woodlands. In upland areas brown hares are replaced by mountain hares. Unlike rabbits hares do not dig a burrow, instead digging shallow dips in grassland which are known as forms or scrapes. They live all of their life above ground, and do not have a permanent home, instead travelling around to find the best resources.
Hares breed between February and September, which means that in Autumn there are many young hares around. Particularly because females, also known as 'does' can give birth to up to four litters of leverets in just one year! Young hares receive very little parental care after the first month, so the hares need to learn to take care of themselves very quickly.
Hares often face a difficult Autumn due to changes in farming practices. Hares rely heavily on farmland to provide their preferred foods of grass and cereal. However modern farming techniques are much more specialised, meaning that farms growing lots of different crops are becoming very rare. So, hares are losing a supply of yearlong grazing. In addition to this farmers are no longer leaving grass to grow long to harvest hay, instead preferring to cut the grass several times a year to make silage. This is very dangerous to young hares, as it not only removes their hiding places, but the machines can be very harmful and cause injury to the leverets.
Autumn is a great time to spot hares, you keep an eye out for scrapes in fields and grasslands during daylight hours. But remember to keep a safe distance away - if you get too close you might scare the hare away.
Painting by Claire Barker
Make an origami hare
Origami is a very old Japanese craft, you fold a flat sheet of paper to make shapes and sculptures. You can make your own origami hare using only 1 sheet of flat, square paper.
- 1. Start with a square of plain, or patterned paper face-down on a table or flat surface.
- 2. Fold the paper in half to make a triangle shape.
- 3 & 4. Open the paper back into a square and fold both sides to meet the crease in the centre.
- 5. Fold the right tip to the left.
- 6. Fold the flap back, about two-thirds of the way.
- 7. Turn the paper back over.
- 8. Make a small cut up the dash lines (about one-third of the total length).
- 9. Fold in half.
- 10. Fold the left ends up to make two long ears.
- You have a beautiful origami hare. You can use a pen to draw on eyes if you like!
Painting by Lisa O'Malley
Here's the now tried-and-tested recipe for blackberry crumble! You will need an adult for this activity!.
- 500g of blackberries
- 1 orange (use the juice and the zest)
- 40g of sugar
- 140g of plain flour
- 120g of butter
Tip: You can forage for blackberries in hedgerows and woodlands, but be sure to take an adult with you to make sure you are choosing fruits that are safe to eat!
- 1. Heat the oven to 180C - always get adult supervision when dealing with the oven!
- 2. Wash the blackberries and put in a large oven-safe tin. Add the orange juice and zest and stir gently with your hands.
- 3. In a separate bowl stir the flour and sugar together. Add the butter in small lumps and use your hands to mush the mixture together. You should have a mixture that has the texture of sand - nice and lumpy!
- 4. Sprinkle the crumble mix over the blackberries and have an adult place it on the middle shelf of the oven. Cook for 30 minutes, until the crumble mixture is golden.
- 5. Have an adult remove the crumble from the oven and serve!
Painting by Marie Brown