Foxes are wild creatures that have adjusted to coexisting with people in close quarters. They are still widespread despite perhaps not being as prevalent as cats and dogs.
Whether or whether foxes consume garden veggies is one frequent query. We’ll look at the response to this query and the numerous aspects that affect a fox’s diet in this post. We will also go through the possible dangers of having a fox in your garden and how to prevent these creatures from eating your veggies.
Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) have succeeded in coexisting successfully with humans. This is based on their capacity to adjust to a variety of shifting circumstances rather than their fabled cleverness. In Birmingham and the Black Country, wherever you reside, there’s a good chance that at least one fox frequents your garden. In Britain, we know more about urban foxes than we do about their rural counterparts, and we’ve collated the most frequently asked questions we get about these amazing furry creatures.
Urban foxes consume a diverse range of domestic and wild animals, as well as fruit, vegetables, insects, earthworms, and insects. Numerous beetles, cut worms—noctuid moth larvae that they collect off lawns on rainy nights—and both larval and adult craneflies are among the insects they see.
Feral pigeons and tiny garden birds make up the majority of the birds they consume, while field voles, which are common on allotments, railroad tracks, and other grassy places, are often the most commonly consumed mammals.
Foxes are intelligent animals. They are equally content to live in a huge metropolitan setting as they are in the countryside thanks to their ability to continuously adapt to our constantly changing surroundings. Our gardens frequently produce a paradise full of intriguing and delectable items that are tempting to the fox’s insatiable curiosity.
Check the list of some typical fox attractants below if you’ve seen foxes or indications of fox activity in your garden but aren’t sure why they enjoy it:
There is a supply of water. You shouldn’t be shocked if you attract some thirsty nighttime visitors if your yard has a pond, fountain, or pool. Like other animals, foxes are drawn to secure water sources and will frequently return to them.
You give food to wildlife. You are almost certainly getting visits from at least one fox if you leave food out in your garden for birds or hedgehogs. It’s admirable to create a space that welcomes nature, but if you don’t want foxes in your yard, you might want to rethink how you feed other animals. When feasible, use specialized feeders and arrange loose food in locations that are simple for tiny animals to access—like hedgehogs—but challenging for larger animals, like foxes.
You give your dog or cat food outside. Even while the scent of pet food leftovers may disgust humans, foxes and other scavengers find it impossible to pass up such a tasty feast.
Your garden is untidy, overgrown, and/or contains decking or a shed. Due to their extreme timidity, foxes prefer to flee and hide at the first sign of danger. If your yard is overgrown, overrun with rubbish, and filled with broken equipment, don’t be shocked to discover that foxes have made it their home. Additionally, whether your shed has a floor that is vacant, decking, or both.
You raise tiny creatures in your garden, such as birds. Even if they don’t kill as many animals as you might assume, foxes do show some interest in these creatures. You must make sure that the hutches for any small animals or hens you maintain in your garden are sturdy and not constructed of fragile materials if you don’t want someone to devour them.
You have newly churned dirt or flowerbeds. Some people might be surprised to learn why foxes enjoy digging up our gardens. Adult foxes like digging up grubs and worms for a fast and wholesome lunch. Fox pups, on the other hand, merely like digging for fun and practice.
You apply organic fertilizers made from fish, bonemeal, or blood. Foxes don’t need much of an excuse to dig up your garden, as was already noted. However, employing any of the aforementioned fertilizers is a certain way to draw foxes to your garden.
You frequently leave toys, wellingtons, gardening equipment, and shoes outside overnight. While leaving objects in the garden overnight, such as shoes and kids’ toys, may save you a few minutes in the evening, it will also draw foxes, particularly cubs. While adult foxes generally urinate on them to indicate their territory, puppies regard our garden debris as chew toys or the ideal object to practice hunting on. Nobody likes to put on their wellies just to tread in fox droppings or clean up their garden.
Foxes are night animals, as you may well believe. They do typically venture outside at night to look for food, prowl about the garden, and engage in foxy behavior.
Puppy, on the other hand, may be seen rather frequently during the daytime when they go outside to play. This behavior is not unusual; fox cubs are known to act in this manner even in the wild.
Foxes are often omnivores, which means they can consume almost everything that is fit for human consumption. However, they mostly dig up plants and vegetables to get to the worms that live beneath them, not because they want to eat them. Foxes can smell organic debris and bonemeal, thus it’s also conceivable that you employed those as natural fertilizers.
Unfortunately, if the aforementioned neighbor is unwilling to cooperate, there isn’t much you can do about foxes in their garden. These two locations are quite suitable for the fox habitat in your neighbor’s yard because they typically dig behind overgrown shrubs or beneath a garden shed.
If the vegetation in your garden also expands out, you can either plan a garden clearing or try to eliminate the grubs and worms there by applying natural pesticides. The latter will prevent foxes from removing your plants by digging.
So there we have it, your guide to foxes in the garden. Only the most extreme and unusual incidents are reported when portraying these lovely creatures negatively in the media. They are actually largely peaceful animals who only need a secure place to live, feed, and rear their young. You may coexist with the foxes in the garden as long as you take the appropriate safety measures.