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The Fox:

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Vulpes Vulpes

Foxes are scavengers which will eat anything, including livestock. This is why they are disliked by farmers and farmers, and it is unfortunately legal to shoot them on your land. They are also increasingly common in urban and residential areas, where they hunt and scavenge for food at night including tearing open bins for food scraps. They visit gardens during the night looking for food. During the day the groups of foxes will normally rest underground in an earth that has been dug out often from an old badger sett or rabbit burrow. Mating takes place between December and February with a litter of about four cubs produced in April. Foxes are about 90cm long at Adult length with a tail up to 60cm long. They are common throughout the whole of Cheshire, as well as England, Wales, most of Scotland and Ireland. The fox thrives in most environments including the rural countryside areas and leafy villages. It naturally feeds on rabbits, rodents and other small mammals. 

While out walking, listen out for high-pitched barks and the Vixen (female) screams during the breeding season. Look out for distinctive black droppings.

 If you want to attract them to your garden then the best way is to leave out meat and kitchen scraps, especially chicken carcasses and bones however I would only advise you to do this if you know there are foxes nearby. Be careful not to attract rodents or domestic cats, if possible leave the meat in small quantities and on an elevated position at the head height of a fox which will likely come during the night. It may not come on the first night, and I only advise feeding through the Winter months because this is when is it most difficult and when they are most common around villages and towns (depending on where you live). Snowy periods are the most crucial to feeding foxes because this is when life is at it's harshest for the species as well as other creatures, plus any paw prints left around in the snow help you to determine whether a fox has visited your garden. In this harsh cold weather they are also much more common around the residential areas, especially in gardens)

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