Iberian hare – Lepus Granatensis can be found in a wide range of habitats, including grasslands, shrublands, forests, and agricultural areas. They are nocturnal and are active mainly at night, although they may be seen during the day in areas with low human disturbance especially during the mating season. In Spanish, the iberian hare is called liebre ibérico
The Iberian hare is an important prey species for several predators, including the Iberian lynx, the golden eagle, and the eagle owl. They are also hunted by humans for sport and for their meat. However, the Iberian hare populations have been declining in recent years, mainly due to habitat loss, hunting pressure, and disease.
The Iberian hare is listed as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), although several regional populations are classified as “locally endangered” or “locally vulnerable”. Conservation efforts are underway to protect and restore the Iberian hare populations and their habitats, including the establishment of protected areas and the implementation of hunting regulations.
One wonders if there will be any positive effect to the iberian hare from the LIFE IBERCONEJO project although there is no information about it of the official website. Given that rabbits and hares often occupy the same or similar habitat hopefully the answer is yes!
- Project: The LIFE IBERCONEJO project is a conservation initiative focused on protecting the Iberian habitat and rabbit population in Spain.
- Timeframe: 2021 to 2024
The project, which involves 15 partners from Spain and Portugal, including NGOs, research institutes, public administrations, and private entities, started in January 2021 and will run until December 2024. With a budget of 5.6 million euros, of which 3.4 million are co-financed by the European Union, the project aims to establish a governance structure called ERICC (European Rabbit Iberian Coordination Committee) to coordinate rabbit management efforts in the Iberian Peninsula. In addition, the project seeks to implement standardized protocols for monitoring rabbit populations, their health status, and their impact on agriculture.
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