Average lifespan: 2-3 years
When to seeJanuary to December
AboutThe red fox is our only wild member of the dog family. They are not fussy eaters and will happily munch on small mammals, birds, frogs, worms as well as berries and fruit! Foxes that live in towns and cities may even scavenge in bins to look for scraps. A male fox, called a dog makes a barking noise whereas the females, called vixens make a spine-chilling scream sound.
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.