Rabbits may not be seen as a pest by most people however, due to rabbits being somewhat humanised in books, cartoons and films people rarely think of these cute, furry friends as being a problem. Rabbits are considered a major pest by farmers and can cause untold damage to crops and vegetation.
Rabbits are usually more nocturnal so seeing them during the day may be difficult, but seeing evidence of them is not. Wild Rabbits will chew up vegetable gardens, make numerous burrows across fields of crops, burrow under roads, railways and through archaeological sites causing subsidence, as well as other damage to buildings.
For every wild rabbit grazing on one hectare of winter wheat, the farmer will lose around one per cent of their annual yield.
Wild Rabbits are not native to the UK and were brought to Britain by the Romans about 2,000 years ago.