Winter habitat selection by the European hare (Lepus europaeus) during feeding activity in a farmland area of southern Tuscany (Italy)
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Via F. Dini 3, Campiglia Marittima
Dipartimento di Scienze Veterinarie, Università degli Studi di Pisa, Via delle Piagge, 2 Pisa
Publication date: 2014-05-14
Hystrix It. J. Mamm. 2014;25(1):51-53
We investigated the winter habitat use by the European hare (Lepus europaeus) at the macro-habitat level in a farmland area of southern Tuscany during feeding activity using spot-light counts. Olive tree groves, cereal stubbles and winter cereals were used more than their availability, whereas ploughed fields, alfalfa and fallow fields were used less than their availability. Olive tree groves were the most used, followed by cereal stubbles. Since approximately 50% of over-wintering cereal stubbles were the result of economic agreements between the hunting district and local farmers, the study confirms the importance of this kind of agro-environmental measure for hare conservation.
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