Submitted by AJ Cann on Thu, 14/02/2019 - 04:22
    Fox

    It's a busy time of year for foxes (Vulpes vulpes). More...

    In the next few weeks the females will be giving birth and in spring and early summer they are perhaps most visible while trying to feed the cubs and after the the cubs leave the den. One of the surprises of the last 50 years was the ability to foxes to adapt to urban environments, but cities still form a relatively small proportion of land-use – most of the UK is still agricultural land and woodland. it's not clear how foxes are faring in the in the countryside, so the Mammal Society is asking the public to help them monitor foxes.  Now is a great time of year to do it because there is still a lot of night - many are still commuting to and from work in the dark.  It doesn’t matter whether you live in the countryside or the city, remarkably, we still have very little idea of total numbers of urban or rural foxes. To help, the Mammal Society has a free Mammal Mapper app for your smartphone: 
    https://www.mammal.org.uk/volunteering/mammal-mapper/

    But you can also record your fox (and any other mammal) sightings in Leicestershire and Rutland via NatureSpot and all the data will be centrally recorded, so please be on the lookout for foxes.