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All about foxes

Foxes can be found all over Britain. Traditionally thought of as being sly and cunning, they are very clever and adaptable creatures. As a result they are at home in both the city and countryside and have been spotted in locations across Nottinghamshire . Whilst hunted in the past, fox hunting is now banned, but foxes are not welcomed by everyone and still suffer cruelty in some areas.

What to look for

Foxes are very distinctive, but people are often surprised at just how small they are and the fact that the colour of the fur can vary from deep reddish brown to almost blonde . They have a similar shape to a small dog with characteristic muzzle, pointed ears and bushy tail or 'brush'.

Did you know

  • A major reason for the fox's success is its varied eating habits. Foxes are omnivores, which means they will eat virtually anything they come across. They have a reputation for taking poultry, but more often at such undesirables as rats and slugs, along with fruit, berries, roots, 'carrion' (animal remains) and, in cities, discarded chips and pizzas!
  • Foxes often only live for one or two years, although they have been known to survive for up to nine years. They are territorial, and for most of the year they live in small family groups. Foxes mate in January, and cubs are born in March, looked after by the 'vixens' (females) of the family. The cubs soon grow and, through play, learn to fend for themselves. This means that adults often leave them alone for long periods. If you find cubs you think have been abandoned it is important not to interfere with them as the vixens will usually return for them. Orphaned cubs are often cared for by other family members. Between August and November the cubs leave the family group to find new territories, often taking over from old and weak adults.
  • Whilst some people do see them as a pest, it is illegal to use poisoned bait to kill foxes because of the risk of poisoning other species. A range of control measures are legal, but there are considerable concerns that a number of these are unnecessarily cruel. There are many harmless products available, based on the chemical renardine, to discourage foxes that are causing a problem. For further information please contact Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

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Urban WildPlaces - amazing wildlife is closer than you think

More amazing footage from the North East Wildlife Trusts Urban WildPlaces project. Catch an otter relaxing on an urban quay with traffic speeding past, a badger sett in the dead of night,  hedghogs and foxes, and a curious otter in an urban back garden.

The film was taken as part of the North East Wildlife Trusts WildPlaces project, aiming to raise awareness of urban wildlife. If you like this film…

 

Wildlife Watch - fox cub and bone

This playful little fox cub has found the perfect thing to practice its pouncing skills on - an old bone!

The film was taken as part of the North East Wildlife Trusts WildPlaces project, aiming to raise awareness of urban wildlife. If you like this film there are lots more like it at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/WildPlacesNE

Or check out the WildPlaces website at: http://www.urbanwildplaces.co.uk/

 

Fox at Idle Valley

A special trip camera set up at Idle Valley Nature Reserve recorded some footage of a Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Visit http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/ for more information on the work of the Wildlife Trust

 

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Fox Printable Factsheet

Status

No one knows for sure how many foxes live in the UK or whether numbers are growing. A best guess is that up to 40,000 live in our cities, with as many as 27 foxes per square mile bolstering a total population of up to 250,000 in the countryside.
 

Habitats

Traditionally most foxes lived in rural areas, in a series of underground tunnels known as dens. However, in recent times urban foxes have become more and more common. This is likely to be because of a lack of food in the countryside and an increasing tendency to scavenge – mostly from rubbish bins and food such as take-away meals discarded on the street. A single fox’s territory can range from 2km2 in urban areas to 40km2 in the countryside.

Where to see

You are most likely to see foxes at dawn or dusk and you may also hear them howling in at night, particularly in the breeding season . They do not hibernate, so can be seen all year round, but in the summer you may be lucky enough to see the cubs playing.

 

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