Special hare feeders are being set up in some of the nature parks. Those who wish will be able to leave cabbage leaves, carrots, apples, oats and other food for the fluffy inhabitants of these nature zones in the wooden feeders which will be provided.
Hares also need salt during the winter. Therefore near the feeders people will hang up dried twigs soaked in strong brine. This will help the hares survive the winter with ease. In addition to all this, if the hares are not hungry, they will not damage the trees by gnawing at the bark. Workers from the Department for Environmental Management and Protection will also fill the feeders with vegetables and hay.
“We can still encounter blue hares and brown hares in Moscow’s nature zones. Altogether, there are 852 living within the city limits. The campaign called “A Well-Fed Hare” has been launched to preserve and increase the hare population. It will last all winter and all caring people are welcome to participate,” representatives of the Department for Environmental Management and Protection said.
It is already possible to feed hares in Tushinsky nature park where two feeders can be found. In the near future, feeding stations will also appear in Serebryany Bor, Bitsevsky nature park and some other nature zones. People in Moscow can find out the exact places of the feeding stations by calling: +7 (495) 482-30-79.
Representatives from the Department for Environmental Management and Protection said that residential buildings and roads bear down on Moscow nature parks where hares live. This deprives the hares of the opportunity to migrate in search of food. Due to food shortages, hares gnaw the bark of the deciduous trees and the trees consequently perish.
Parks where it will be possible to feed hares this winter:
- Tushinsky nature park;
- Moskvoretsky nature park;
- Kuzminki-Lyublino nature park;
- Bitsevsky Les nature and history park;
- Severny nature sanctuary;
- Izmailovo nature and history park;
- Serebryany Bor natural landmark.
The Department for Environmental Management and Protection is also running the traditional campaign “Feed Birds in Winter.” People in Moscow can help the birds to stay in the city and survive the harsh winter months.