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I was working in a vineyard placing protectors over replacement vines because the night before two had been damaged by rabbits. Then I heard a thump on the ground and there was a rabbit in front of me, I thought what a cheek!
There was a wire that supports the vines between us.
This is a replacement I planted this year: Grenache.
This is a very short video (less than a minute) of how the rabbit allowed me to approach it.
I climbed over the wire and got very close to the rabbit.
I worked down the line of vines placing protectors then came back another line to the same location about 15mins and the rabbit was still there.
The rabbit seems to like having his photo taken.
The rabbit allowed me to get very close about a foot away.

"This is my best side"
I held my hand towards him and the rabbit touched it on three occasions.

Well enough of this socialising I have work to do back to social distancing.

In this area there were several vines that I had not protected that day, the rabbit had not touched them when I was there, just eating grass.
On returning the next day they had not been touched but another one had been damaged some distance away.
This is the line of vines I was working in, Syrah at Vayere which had frost damage.
The Beast

Several days later I was spraying a vineyard early before 6am, just starting a line of vines when I saw this animal come into the line quite a distance away, I thought that it was a large dog, dark brown. As I got closer I realised it was not a dog, it had a snout and huge shoulders: a boar - massive. it was just staring as me as I approached it, I stopped the tractor and turned off the spray about 50m. away. 

We just looked at each other, I had my phone with a camera in my breast pocket, both my arms were low. I moved my right arm to get the phone for a photo and he bolted, I was  shocked how agile the boar was considering his size. Good eyesight the boar must have thought that I was reaching for something else.

They hunt boar here with rifles and boars have been known to attack hunters.
This is not the actual boar I saw but very similar.
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This is the Syrah at Font du Clos which also was affected by frost it was worse here and it has not recovered as well as the Syrah at Vayere. This plot is higher and in a basin we harvest it later.

One of the conditions of the H.V.E.(High Environmental Value)  scheme is that I am not allowed to plough or use herbicide on land that is not planted or the ends of the vineyard where I turn. I can mow but have not had time at the moment.
Yours sincerely,

Arthur Cook



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