A) Due to last year’s weather patterns — with persistent rain throughout much of the summer and the winter — the breeding pattern of rabbits has been curtailed, while many would have succumbed to the cold and wet as their warrens became waterlogged. As if that wasn’t bad enough, viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD) has joined myxomatosis in making inroads into populations, so there are now areas with few rabbits in residence. Of course, there are still plenty of places with some but, after talking to rabbiters across the country, I have discovered that the problem is widespread this year. I just hope that we get a good breeding season this summer so that stocks can again build up.