Our garden foxes...

Welcome to the Garden Fox Watch blog, detailing the life and times of the family of foxes that are growing up in our back garden.

Foxheaven (Dublin)

Posted By on July 17, 2017

There’s a lovely live stream on YouTube that shows foxes coming to a Dublin garden for food and play in the evenings and overnight. The actual live stream’s URL changes, but the channel for the person who runs it is here and you will find the currently-live stream linked from there. Enjoy!

“Only hunt groups care about foxes”

Posted By on July 17, 2017

From BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40632948.

I believe the word we’re looking for here is, approximately, “bollocks”. Even the (Tory) MP into whose constituency Fox Towers falls admitted he’d had dozens of letters from constituents insisting that the hunting ban be kept the last time they floated the concept of repealing it.

“Curious cat finds fox cub under sofa”

Posted By on July 17, 2017

From BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-40013177

When to acknowledge a fox in your scientific paper

Posted By on March 26, 2017

Lovely article from The Atlantic.

Sunning themselves

Posted By on March 26, 2017

Not sure if we have a breeding pair in our garden this year, but on a recent sunny day we were visited by two of the local crew, pottering around for food and enjoying the weather. The first of them (the first six photos) did also sit down for a while, but those photos didn’t come out so well.

This chap is evidently attractive to foxes

Posted By on November 29, 2016

Video on YouTube.

Stew, anyone?

Posted By on October 27, 2016

So we had some leftover stew that none of the humans wanted; we figured we’d see whether the local foxes fancied it. Oh yes. Definitely. The elapsed time from it being put out to the appearance of (one of) our friendly fox(es) was somewhat less than ten minutes. (The magpies turned up only a little afterwards, but they didn’t want to tangle with the fox!)

This fox is looking pretty well-fed; plumping up for the colder weather, I suppose.

“Everyday Foxism”

Posted By on June 5, 2016

There was a great article in yesterday’s Guardian about “everyday foxism” (which is a terrific, and accurate, phrase) — read it here.

On the prowl

Posted By on May 22, 2016

So late last month, Mrs Fox — for, in this set, we have definite evidence of her being female, in the form of obvious nipples — took some time out to sunbathe and prowl the garden to see what food was out there…

We’ve still not seen any sign of cubs in our garden, though they are doubtless in the local area! But our friend the Bad Witch is lucky enough to have a cub playing in her garden recently — here’s the evidence!

The Return

Posted By on April 21, 2016

Why yes, it has been a while, hasn’t it?

We don’t know whether we have foxes living in our garden at the moment, but we certainly have regular visitors; see below. (The first evening with decent light, the camera at hand, and a fox who decided to turn up in a while.) This one was certainly keen on the rather elderly roast chicken that we’d decided to recycle by leaving it out for them. Mind you, so were the local magpies!

Hoping we might see some cubs in the next few weeks, although it is a bit early yet, I think.