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cymaz13/10/2017 23:27:18
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Just had a very heated club meeting.....the subject of rabbits came up. We have been having rabbit problems for several decades. In the last few years the amount of damage caused by them digging shallow scrapes in the field landing strip has become intolerable..

We have several options

  1. Rabbit proof fencing around the entire boundary
  2. Regular shooting
  3. Putting down a smelly deterrent

I have read that ground coffee waste is a good way of stopping rabbits moving onto land. Has anyone had the same problem and did the coffee waste help?

john stones 113/10/2017 23:39:29
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We have loads of them and hares, moles are the worst though, fencing sounds very costly n there's laws you need to read first (sure you've researched it all), guns n ferrets sounds the best way, must be some locals that would jump at the chance ?

Engine Doctor13/10/2017 23:59:14
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Good luck with that one ! We have had regular visits from shooter who lamp the rabbits and take away loads but it hardly makes any difference. Tried loads of smelly deterents .............they don't work either. We used to have loads of stoats but they disappeared . Best of luck .

PS if you find something that works please let us know.

 

Tom Thomas14/10/2017 00:10:38
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If you look on various air gun sites and forums you will find plenty of people who will shoot and take them away for free, all they are after is the practise.

Bucksboy14/10/2017 05:01:58
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We had exactly the same problems. We tried everything we could find, garlic based stuff as used on golf courses, chilli powder mixed into the top soil that we filled the holes with, nothing worked. We had regular work parties to fill the holes in, men with guns came to shoot the rabbits, nothing worked. Our solution was to lay an Astroturf runway. Expensive but it works and is very popular. We were given as much Astroturf as we wanted when a school replaced their hockey pitch. Old Astroturf is like old tyres, very hard to recycle so they were pleased we took some. We had to pay to move it and lay it but it was worth it for us. We've now got a smooth, all weather runway which is of no interest to the rabbits.

cymaz14/10/2017 05:37:16
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Thanks, it's a real nightmare of a problem. We seem not to be the only ones. AstroTurf might be an alternative there is plenty of second hand on the web.

Paul Jefferies14/10/2017 08:08:31
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+1 for ferrets....... Also hawkers. Try to find a local field sports enthusiast, they are always looking for new places to hunt.

Paul

Brian Cooper14/10/2017 08:20:17
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Shooters are prepared to PAY to shoot rabbits. . Just contact any shooting club (shotguns or air rifles) and they will be queuing up to have a go.

It could give a boost to club funds too.

B.C.

Geoff Sleath14/10/2017 12:11:09
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It's funny but we have lots of rabbits on the airfield (though they seem fewer lately) but we've never had a problem on the grass patch at the side of the hard tarmac. I have seen stoats a couple of times so perhaps they're keeping the bunnies in check. Buzzards are also common - do they predate on rabbits?

The main problem on the grass is motorcycles who ride on some of the old airfield and stray onto our bit sometimes when we're not flying. Unfortunately, shooting isn't an option in that case devil

Geoff

cymaz14/10/2017 12:20:36
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Club chairman likes the idea of astroturfing. The bunnies are welcome to try eating that. Hopefully it would bung their insides up , then they would burst....kuloukulou

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J D 814/10/2017 16:35:44
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Yes,Buzzards do take rabbits.

Andy4814/10/2017 18:52:16
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Simple really..... **LINK**

bert baker14/10/2017 18:58:19
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Get a Acme Roadrunner

Don Fry14/10/2017 19:21:59
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Got two, called whippets. You have to do the mantra in the UK I believe, "honest officer, as God is my judge, I did not think they would catch a rabbit. What, a whippet chases a rabbit, who would have thought it. But officer, after the fist pair, I thought they would be tired, dear lads." And so on.

Mind, get a bloke with a gun in. A good whippet can do 400, 500 rabbits a year. That is the output of a very lazy bloke with a 410 shotgun.

But the dog caught stuff is without lead when eaten. Stewed with apple, or prune, Devine.

But Cymas, make your strip a bit bigger if Astroturfed. Has less rolling resistance than grass.

Engine Doctor14/10/2017 19:53:07
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Posted by J D 8 on 14/10/2017 16:35:44:

Yes,Buzzards do take rabbits.

We have Buzzards at our site , the problem is the rabbits do the damage at night ! Perhaps some European Eagle Owls could help on the night shift !!

flight114/10/2017 20:00:04
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The strip cymas is talking about is already 20m wide and 100m long, thats a lot plus there is a cross strip for tangent wind days of about 25m of that. and it is well dug by the rabbits and getting worse each year, Astroturf is a goood idea but i think the size might need to be shrunk a bit, since the sheep have been removed from the field a few years ago this is become a factor. I vote for astro turf

cymaz14/10/2017 20:11:42
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Posted by flight1 on 14/10/2017 20:00:04:

The strip cymas is talking about is already 20m wide and 100m long, thats a lot plus there is a cross strip for tangent wind days of about 25m of that. and it is well dug by the rabbits and getting worse each year, Astroturf is a goood idea but i think the size might need to be shrunk a bit, since the sheep have been removed from the field a few years ago this is become a factor. I vote for astro turf

Rich, Mike also thinks the astroturf is a winner, does he?

Edited By cymaz on 14/10/2017 20:12:49

flight114/10/2017 23:30:45
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Posted by cymaz on 14/10/2017 20:11:42:
Posted by flight1 on 14/10/2017 20:00:04:

The strip cymas is talking about is already 20m wide and 100m long, thats a lot plus there is a cross strip for tangent wind days of about 25m of that. and it is well dug by the rabbits and getting worse each year, Astroturf is a goood idea but i think the size might need to be shrunk a bit, since the sheep have been removed from the field a few years ago this is become a factor. I vote for astro turf

Rich, Mike also thinks the astroturf is a winner, does he?

Edited By cymaz on 14/10/2017 20:12:49

YUP

Tom Sharp 215/10/2017 15:06:25
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You have got to find where the offenders come from and attack them at their base.

Edited By Tom Sharp 2 on 15/10/2017 15:07:35

onetenor15/10/2017 16:01:01
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Ferrets and stoats love rabbits .Ferrets can make good pets too

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