Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Red Fox © Darin Smith


Foxes are seen as one of the most recognisable mammals in the UK. They are as likely to be seen in towns and cities as in the countryside. Red Foxes are extremely vocal animals, with the adults making 12 different types of calls. During the winter months when courtship takes place, male foxes 'bark' whilst females make a spine-chilling scream.


Foxes are omnivorous nocturnal hunters, they hunt for small mammals and birds as well as berries during the night time. 

How to identify/track?

Foxes range in colour from a pale yellowish red to a deep reddish brown. This colouring is seen on the upper parts of their body whilst the underside of their bodies are white. The lower part of the legs is usually black and the distinctive brush-like tail usually has a white or black tip. 

Did you know?

  • Foxes have whiskers on their legs to help improve their mobility.
  • Foxes, scent mark posts and trees to display their territory.
  • Foxes are known to jump up to 1.98m in the air.
  • The fox's tail (brush) has two purposes, first for balance and the second to keep them warm in the winter.

Reserves where they are present

Foxes can be found all over Wiltshire.

Others in the Mammal Family

American MinkBadger, Bank VoleBrown Hare, Grey SquirrelHazel DormouseRabbitWeaselHedgehogHouse MouseOtterWild Boar

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