Enthusiasts likely to hare to Harestanes

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Artists and scientists are working together for Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre’s new hare-themed exhibition near Ancrum,

Running with the Hare brings together nine Borders-based artists, including bronze sculptor Angela Hunter, illustrator Cara Lockhart Smith, artist craftsman Nigel Bridges and wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell.

The theme was inspired by a unique loan for the exhibition of privately-owned Dutch tiles bearing hare motifs dating back as far as the 1600s.

Harestanes assistant Angie Forman said: “It is great to see so many talented artists come together for this exhibition and to see how they have been uniquely inspired by this iconic and mysterious animal.”

The centre grounds have been a focus for wildlife recording for years. And Harestanes has partnered with The Wildlife Information Centre (TWIC) to encourage visitors to provide information of their sightings of brown hares across the region.

TWIC records ecologist Natalie Harmsworth explained: “By recording their sightings, visitors can make a valuable contribution to understanding where they are found in the region, which can help future conservation measures. The beauty of recording is anyone can take part and there are surveys that cater to a wide range of interests and experience.”

The exhibit is open daily until Monday, May 26. Visit www.scotborders.gov.uk/harestanes, email harestanes@scotborders.gov.uk or telephone 01835 830306.