Average lifespan: 2-3 years
When to seeJanuary to December
AboutA common and familiar mammal, the Red Fox is our only wild member of the dog family. It is omnivorous, feeding on small mammals, birds, frogs, earthworms and carrion, as well as berries and fruit. It is just as likely to be seen in towns and cities, as it is in the countryside; and it is now well-known for scavenging food scraps from bins, as well as catching Feral Pigeons and Brown Rats. Males ('dogs') bark, but females ('vixens') make a spine-chilling scream, heard mostly in the winter when their courtship takes place.
How to identifyA medium-sized dog, the Red Fox is orangey-red above, white below, with black tips to the ears, dark brown feet and a white tip to the bushy, orange tail (known as the 'brush').
In our area
Foxes are a common sight across Shropshire and can often be found roaming our reserves, farmland and within built up areas including Shrewsbury and Telford.
During the summer months, they are more active in daylight and cubs are often seen emerging from woodland and hedgerows. The best nature reserves to spot foxes are Llynclys Common, The Ercall and Earl's Hill, particularly on the borders with surrounding farmland.