Discovering that your automatic watering system has been damaged by the sharp teeth of foxes can be both annoying and expensive, however there is something you can do about it. By making a few changes to your garden and by installing a low maintenance, automated fox deterrent, you can rid your garden of urban foxes and their annoying habits of chewing through your drip emitters or micro jet heads.
In a recent BBC London interview with an professional fox controller , he revealed that the festive period is when he gets the most call-outs from people experiencing problems with urban foxes. The reason is because of the huge amount of food that we throw out over Christmas and New Year. This is a problem throughout the year, but […]
A recent interview on BBC Radio London with a professional fox controller highlighted the realities of employing someone to come and shoot a fox in your back garden. For people who may have considered this possibility for removing a troublesome fox, hearing about the details and the cost may convince them to try a humane and non-lethal method of deterring foxes instead.
Be fully prepared before catching a fox There are several reasons why you might need to trap a fox, including sickness, injury, relocation or removal. However, it’s not a decision to be taken lightly and shouldn’t be done without extensive research first, as there are a number of things to consider. Know the law & make a plan Foxes […]
When looking around the Internet at information related to foxes, it’s quite difficult to find exact information on legal protection that is afforded to foxes. It’s fairly common to see discussion about generic ‘laws’ that protect foxes or actions that are ‘against the law’. But usually these discussions do not cover exactly which laws protect […]
When ‘Fox Wars’ was first advertised on the BBC, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect and I was slightly concerned that the documentary was going to concentrate only on the negative aspects of foxes. However, upon watching it, I was pleased to find that it was a very balanced programme, looking at both fox […]
This is some edited footage from the BBC’s fabulous Natural World series, featuring a Tibetan Fox and a Brown Bear hunting Pikas in the Tibetan Himalayas. As David Attenborough mentions in the film, the Tibetan Fox is an amazing-looking fox with it’s chiseled jaw and semi-smile. One of the many fascinating things about this clip is, […]
Understanding the way foxes behave and in particular, what they are doing and why at different times of year, is very important to successfully deterring them from your garden. For example, during February each year, pregnant vixens will be looking for a secure spot to make a den in preparation for the birth of her […]
To be honest, for such a well known animal that lives with many of us in such close quarters, there aren’t too many books dedicated to foxes, let alone fox repellent methods. Foxes usually get a chapter or a section in broader wildlife books, or perhaps studies in specialist journals, but very rarely will you […]
Did you know that there are far more types of foxes than the common urban fox we often see in our towns and cities? This type of fox is called the Red Fox (vulpes vulpes) and is the most common type of fox in the world. However, there are a range of other types of […]
A funny little interview I found with David Tennant which shows that even inter-galactical timelords have problems with urban foxes coming into their garden. By the sounds of things David Tennant is plagued by foxes in the area of London that he lives and decided to urinate in his garden to deter them. As he […]
In 2012, the Channel 4 series ‘Foxes Live: Wild In The City’ conducted a survey throughout the running of the series. The survey asked viewers a vast range of questions including what their most common issue or problem that they faced from the urban fox. By the final episode of the series, approximately 10,000 people […]
Transcribed from Channel 4’s “Foxes Live” series. Mark Evans: “How much food does a vixen with cubs actually need to eat? Well there are three big chunks of calories she’ll need. The first is just to keep herself going. It’s like the fuel your car uses when it’s idling. Now that in the case of […]
Foxes eat an amazing variety of food, as stomach and scat analysis show. It’s a great mistake to imagine that they live on poultry, game birds and rabbits. Any fox will take all of these as opportunity offers and when the rabbit was more common, it was a favourite item. But the fox really has […]
I was reading a fantastic book called ‘Choosing & Keeping Chickens’ by Chris Graham and it had a great section on protecting chickens from attacks by foxes by setting up electric fencing. As anyone keeping chickens knows, foxes are one of the biggest threats to your poultry and learning how to deter foxes and protect […]
Another great book i have read recently is ‘The Urban Hen’ by Paul Peacock which is aimed at people living in urban areas who want to keep chickens in their garden or allotment. Peacock is the editor of Home Farmer magazine so he knows his stuff. As i pointed out in my previous post Keeping […]