Did you know...Hares are swift animals and can run up to 80 km/h (50 mph) over short distances!
It is the season to see boxing hares as the spring moves on into warmer weeks, we have been designing some new pieces inspired by these beautiful creatures after seeing a couple racing over the fields the other day on a walk by the meandering riverside.
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Thought to have been introduced into the UK in Roman times (or even earlier), the brown hare is now considered naturalised. It is most common in grassland habitats and at woodland edges, favouring a mosaic of arable fields, grasses and hedgerows. It grazes on vegetation and the bark of young trees and bushes. Brown hares do not dig burrows, but shelter in 'forms', which are shallow depressions in the ground or grass; when disturbed, they can be seen bounding across the fields, using their powerful hind legs to propel them forwards, often in a zigzag pattern. Brown hares are at their most visible in early spring when the breeding season encourages fighting or 'boxing'. Females can produce three to four litters of two to four young (known as leverets) a year.
What is the Myth of the moon gazing hare?
The Myth of the Moon Gazing Hare reflects ancient beliefs. Pagans believed that seeing a moon gazing hare would bring growth, re-birth, and abundance, new beginnings and good fortune. In pre-Christian times the Hare was considered a sacred animal, entwined with the earth or white Goddess who was the provider of all things.
"Our moon gazing hare has been made using copper foil which is fired in-between glass to produce the deep red crinkled effect. The moon is created using glass powders in between reactive glass to give the effect of craters".