Fox - Vulpes vulpes

Alternative names
Red Fox

The Red Fox is most commonly a rusty red, with white underbelly, black ear tips and legs, and a bushy tail usually with a distinctive white tip. Foxes leave their droppings (called scats) in prominent places, such as on stones or tufts of grass, as territorial markers. Fox scats tend to be hairy and shaped in a tapering spiral.

Identification difficulty

Anywhere.  It has colonised urban areas in more recent years where it scavenges food scraps.

When to see it

All year round

Life History

Gives birth and spends much of the daytime in an underground 'earth'. In urban/suburban areas, these can be under garden sheds. Foxes are omnivorous and are highly opportunistic. Prey can range in size from small insects to mice and rabbits.

UK Status

Widespread and common in Britain and Ireland. There is a high density of foxes in Leicester, indeed urban fox densities can be 5 times that of rural areas.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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