Up early this morning at 6am, and arrived at Kimmeridge Bay to look for brown hares again. This time my searching was more successful.
Kimmeridge Bay looking east
It was a beautiful morning, with a perfect burnished sunrise. I had decided to return to Kimmeridge Bay to look for brown hares again. Mainly due to a tip off from Steve, at Dorset Wildlife Trust, who had seen hares on Sunday and gave me exact directions.
Climbing the hill out of Kimmeridge Harbour and up onto the cliff top footpath the skylarks were already singing, and a stonechat flitted from post-top to post-top as I wandered along. Mornings really don’t get much better!
I had to keep reminding myself that I’d come to spot hares because the view across the sea was so stunning and it was easy to be distracted. As I climbed another slope and looked down onto a small flood water pool, I realised I was getting near to the place Steve had seen them. Instinctively I looked up into the fields.
The inland fields at Kimmeridge – brown hare country
To be honest you couldn’t miss them. Bounding around at the top of the field, they stood out against the sky. Backsides held high, ears with black-tips and that unmistakable lolloping gait.
I sat down on the grass, propping myself against a fence post. I could see at least seven hares. Some quietly feeding, others chasing a nice smelling female. Unfortunately there wasn’t much competition, so no mad-march-hare-boxing ensued, but just to sit and watch them was a great experience.
The video above shows one of the seven who decided to come zig-zagging down the field towards me. Obviously totally unaware of my presence, it got to within about 30ft of where I was sitting before disappearing over a small dry stone wall into the next door field.
No people, no cars, no pollution, just birds, hares and a perfect view.