Viola Stirling’s Nature Diary: 1 Dec 1919

It’s a Monday morning at the start of December and Viola is in a field she has simply named ‘Farm Field’. She witnesses a hare jump and refers to its ‘form’ which she is discovering for the first time. A ‘form’ is a shallow dip in the ground where a hare can shelter. They will even be used by female hares (also known as a ‘jill’) to give birth.

Transcript

Dec 1 1919 Farm Field 10.15 a.m.

Saw a hare jump up and on looking for its form I came

upon a small flat green patch 18ins by 6 or

so. There were several signs of hare about so I concluded

that this must be its form. I have never seen one

before so I don’t know for certain yet.

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