When the mother-in-law comes to visit…

| July 10, 2011

One evening back in early May we were eating dinner and occasionally glancing out to the Family Fox, working their way through the delicacies I’d provided for them on the back lawn. Something wasn’t quite right, though. A head-count suggested… one, two cubs; one, two, three adult foxes? What was going on? While it hasn’t […]

I’ve heard of flying foxes, but….

| May 23, 2011

The cubs in our garden appear to be playing with a discarded Red Bull can. If they start growing wings, I’ll be worried…

No, that’s OUR food

| May 10, 2011

I know, I know; rather behind at the moment. It’s the same problem as last year; at this time of year, we’re generating photos and video faster than I can sort through them! On May 1st, we saw some rather unusual behaviour. Mr and Mrs Fox are both still present in the lives of their […]

Keep your Hands off our foxes

| March 18, 2011

Conservative MP Greg Hands is at it again, in his ongoing attempt to have foxes reclassified as vermin so that councils would be able to organise culls. Hands originally asked much the same question in 2006 (and indeed he received much the same answer). At present, there is nothing stopping individual landowners dealing with “problem […]

Making himself at home

| February 12, 2011

Our correspondent Elizabeth Lovegrove reports from Oxford that they had an overnight visitor, the night before last. They came down in the morning and found a young fox comfortably curled up on their sofa (and their two cats having run away from it, looking decidedly underwhelmed). It backed off to hide under a table when […]

Pairs of foxes

| January 26, 2011

The Bad Witch has been fox-spotting in her garden — at this rate I’ll be subcontracting the writing of this blog to her (Although I think she is being a little optimistic about one of the foxes being noticeably pregnant; it’s a bit early for that, yet. We’ll probably find that said fox has been […]

What her grandmother never taught her

| January 19, 2011

Ears is back! She hadn’t been hanging around by the patio doors in at least a couple of weeks (although she’d been coming by the food area overnight)… possibly because it hadn’t been as cold recently around Fox Towers, possibly because she’d been off getting acquainted with the local males, who knows. Anyway. Yesterday evening […]

Two lonely souls…

| December 24, 2010

Picture the scene. Foxy Lady and Mr Fox are sitting at the table, eating their dinner, when Ears potters along the patio and sits down outside the patio doors, looking hopeful. (She does this quite often, and occasionally it’ll work and she’ll get some food thrown out onto the patio for her.) Our lardier cat […]


| October 31, 2010

When I wandered downstairs this evening around sixish to prepare food for my cats and also for the foxes, both groups were looking a little impatient; the cats attempting to get under my feet, and two of the foxes waiting on the lawn. I fear that their internal clocks suggested that they should have had […]

Foxes are silly creatures sometimes…

| October 29, 2010

A few weeks ago I was keeping an eye on one of the local foxes as he appeared to be limping. However, the limp didn’t appear to be stopping him practising his pouncing on (the remains of) one of the toys they had brought into the garden…