The Irish hare is one of the most iconic of our native species, and it featured on the old three pence coin, between 1928 and 1969.
But recent developments, particularly the introduction of the European hare, are posing threats to its continued survival.
Anthony Hallam is a Ph.D. student at Queen's University, Belfast, and he is conducting research into the health of the Irish hare population. He joins Derek and the panel in studio today. And if you have any sightings of hares to report, you can e-mail them to Anthony at email@example.com.
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