This report details the findings and recommendations arising from a 3 year study comparing different methods of counting mountain hares. These include direct counts (by day and night) and indirect methods based on counting hare droppings. Live trapping and marking mountain hares on the same study sites was used to provide an independent measure of hare density, the “gold standard” against which the other methods were tested. The report identifies two methods that provide good quality information and includes guidance on how these techniques can be undertaken.
Publication 2018 - NatureScot Research Report 1022 - Developing a counting methodology for mountain hares (Lepus timidus) in Scotland
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