Thursday, 3 July 2014

Fox

I am often asked if there is any wildlife at Filnore Woods.  Now for me wildlife means every living thing:  badgers, fungi, wasps, reptiles, ferns, birds, spiders, trees, rats, nettles, amphibians, mosses, beetles, dandelions, bats, grasshoppers, and all the rest.
 
But many people just mean mammals - furry jobs - when they talk about wildlife.

Photo: Paul Cecil
 
Top of the food chain at Filnore is the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes crucigera).  These guys hunt mostly at night but can also occasionally be seen in the daytime.  Our most recent siting was by John Whiteman, one of our regular dog-walkers.
 
Foxes have have plenty to feed on at Filnore as we have large populations of rabbits and voles and even beetles, which they also eat when times are hard.

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