Did you know that hare density is 18 times higher in coursing areas than in non-coursing areas? That’s the conclusion of research by Queen’s University, Belfast. Coursing may be banned in the UK but it’s alive and well in Ireland. They even print the results from coursing meetings in the national papers in Ireland. Charlie Jacoby joins the English who come across for their own coursing stakes at a meeting in Kilkenny, and finds out how coursing is helping the hare back from the brink in Ireland. Repeal of the Hunting Act would do the same in England and Wales… but that would require a politician to do something for the greater good.

▶ For the English National Coursing Club, visit Facebook.com/studbookuk/
▶ In Ireland, where this was filmed, there are 18 times more hares in Irish Coursing Club-managed areas than ordinary farmland link.springer.com/article/10.4098/j.at.0001-7051.030.2009
▶ Irish Times article about how coursing is good for hares: irishtimes.com/news/environment/can-coursing-be-good-for-hares-the-strange-answer-is-yes-1.3738552
▶ For photographs of the greyhounds in action at Sevenhouses, visit yvonneharrington.blogspot.com
▶ For video of the races at Sevenhouses, go to YouTube.com/user/lettersonapostcard
▶ Picture of Master Mcgrath in Lurgan town centre by Notafly – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29469708
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This item appears on YouTube in Fieldsports Britain, episode 477 Fcha.nl/fieldsportsbritain477

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