Fox behaviourFood supply in an area will determine how large a fox territory can grow and how many foxes can live there. Foxes are hugely territorial.
A fox family comprises of:
- The dominant male (dog)
- The female (vixen)
- A litter of cubs
Along with food waste foxes will eat large beetles, other insects, earthworms, small mammals and birds, and fallen fruit. A warm, wet night can provide hundreds of worms that are easily picked off lawns to make a good meal. They may also scavenge from bird tables or compost heaps.
How many foxes are in Britain?Estimating the number of foxes living in Britain isn't easy. Recent figures from the Mammal Society suggest the number is around 357,000. Fox populations in urban areas have increased over the last 20 years, despite the impacts of mange outbreaks.
Road traffic accidents are the main cause of fox deaths. Fox culling, disease outbreaks and limited food sources will also impact how big populations can grow in an area.
How common are black foxes in the UK?It's possible but rare, to see foxes with grey or black coats in the wild in Britain (also called silver foxes). Black foxes could be the descendants of foxes bred for the fur trade and released into the wild many years ago. Others could have escaped from captivity and continued to survive in the wild.
Fox cubs are born in the spring and there are usually four to five cubs in each litter. What does a year in the life of a fox actually look like?
Found an injured fox
Foxes are one of the most common mammals we treat at our wildlife centres. If you find a sick or injured fox, then don't try to handle it yourself - keep a safe distance and monitor.