Britain’s wild rabbit of today originated from rabbits brought across to the UK by the Normans in the 12th Century. The Normans kept rabbits in captivity for meat and escapees quickly established themselves in the wild. This was mainly due to rabbits' ability to have 3 to 8 broods of young per year with 3 to 9 kits in each litter.
Rabbits are extremely adaptable and can be found across the UK from the shores of southern England to the far north of Scotland. They are able to survive on almost any vegetable matter.
Rabbits can exist in unnaturally high densities on agricultural land and cause severe damage to crops. In the 1950s the nasty myxomatosis disease was introduced to try to control numbers and in some parts of the UK almost wiped out the entire population of wild rabbits. Myxomatosis is still present today, but the population of wild rabbits has recovered with a resistance against the disease building.