What my grandkids might not be able to see – Foxes

Some people might think that the Fox is an unusual choice as something my grandchildren might not be able to see. They are so common they can even be found in cities, right? But they’re wrong. Foxes can be found in today’s cities, but what about the cities in half a century? The only reason Foxes hang on in cities is because there are spaces  for them to shelter and there is lots of food to be found on the street. But cities will develop – that’s inevitable. Cities will become neater, leaving no shelter. Cities will become cleaner, leaving no food. That’s another habitat lost.

I am incredibly lucky to have foxes breeding in my quiet village. This year for the first time I have seen cubs, three of them, run past my living room window while I’m watching Countryfile, so young and full of life. But as all cubs do, they’ll grow older and have to fend for themselves away from their parents’ territory. But dispersing is like an assault course – they have to cross road after road before they reach unoccupied suitable habitat.

Even though there will be much less suitable habitat in the future and fewer Foxes will survive to adulthood, there is still some hope left. Our Fox family has chosen an excellent place to live as there’s lots of food on offer. A house down the road feeds them chicken and we often see a Fox trot past the window, looking content and with a huge chicken breast in its mouth. However, I wouldn’t advise feeding Foxes, especially if you have limited time. If you start feeding them they will come to depend on you, but sooner or later you’ll be absent for a long period of time or even move house, leaving no food for the Foxes. A way you can help though, is by being careful when driving in the evening. Our Foxes come out at anytime after 8pm, sometimes earlier. Drive slower, always watch the road and if it is dark then put your headlights on as soon as the sun sets.

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2 thoughts on “What my grandkids might not be able to see – Foxes

  1. Hi, James.

    In this context, I’d be interested to learn of your position with regard to the Government’s latest proposals for amending the Hunting Act. As you know, at present only two hounds may be used to raise a fox which is then shot. If approved, the amendment will allow a full pack of hounds to be used for this purpose – essentially returning to the pre-hunting ban situation and almost impossible to control. I’m unaware of whether this will also apply to the hunting of deer and hares.

    Best wishes,

    Steve

    • Hi Steve,
      This is such a controversial topic that I deliberately decided to leave it out of my blog post. Including both sides of the argument would necessitate a much longer blog post. I wouldn’t like to make this blog into a forum for a heated debate.
      Best wishes,
      James

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