Posted 19th January
The red fox is both a common and familiar animal, and the only wild member of the dog family
Foxes are omnivorous, feeding on small mammals, birds, frogs, earthworms and carrion, as well as berries and fruit. Just as likely to be seen in towns and cities, as in the countryside. Foxes are well-known for scavenging food scraps from bins, as well as catching Pigeons and Rats. Males will bark but females will make a spine-chilling scream, mainly heard in the winter when their courtship takes place.
How to identify
A medium-sized dog, the red fox will be orange-brown on top and white below, with black tipped ears, dark brown feet and a white tip to the bushy, orange tail (this is known as a brush).
Where to find it
Widespread, they're found everywhere except for the Channel Islands, the Isles of Scilly, Scottish islands and the Isle of Man.
The Red Fox has been persecuted in the UK for centuries, with fox hunting originating in Britain in the 16th century. However, hunting is now banned in the UK.
Text and information courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts / image courtesy of Luke Massey