Urban foxes

by Richard Jones

I say, I say, I say, my fox has no tail. Your fox has no tail? How does it ... erm ... well, you get the idea.

Fox with no tailI say, I say, I say, my fox has no tail. Your fox has no tail? How does it ... erm ... well, you get the idea.

No, it has no tail, well, just a stump really. Our other regular visiting fox has a big bushy tail, and a third, occasional visitor has an even larger one.

I've no idea what befell Stumpy. Perhaps a fight with another fox, or a local dog. Car accident? Seems unlikely. Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox had his brush shot off by Farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean, but I'm fairly certain there are not too many shotguns in East Dulwich. Not this end of it anyway.

Apart from its missing tail, it seems as active and healthy as the others. In fact, it's even more inquisitive than the others because the neighbours, having taken pity on it, regularly feed it. Consequently, it's just as brazen as they get. Twice, I've had to shoo it away from the guinea-pig cowering its run on the lawn. And, of course, it defecates just as much as any tailed fox.

We regularly see foxes in the garden, and over the years I've lost track of who is who. I’ll have no trouble identifying this one in the future.

How do you identify the wildlife in your garden? Do some visiting creatures have any distinguishing features?

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Gardeners' World Web User 22/06/2011 at 16:43

I have two visiting foxes at present, one shy but one who just loves to sit and watch me work. My dopey squirrel is still around, the one who insists on going down flat to get under the side gate even when it is open. Having a very long garden the robins have territories across it and they vary a lot in their markings,some much darker brown and some with bigger red breasts.

Gardeners' World Web User 22/06/2011 at 19:14

"The Wonder of Weeds" programme on BBC4 tonight at 9 promises to make our wildlife gardening even more exciting, at last the weeding part of it.

Gardeners' World Web User 22/06/2011 at 19:18

The "tame "fox in my garden likes to sit on my garden wall in the evening and watch the people go by to the pub. None of them ever look up. I must see whether I can photograph him.

Gardeners' World Web User 22/06/2011 at 19:44

My daughter has a fox den at the bottom of the garden with three cubs in it and the vixen is always on the prowl round the childrens rabbits and guinea-pigs one rabbit missing so far they leave their mess all over the lawn which really smells my dog loves to roll in it dead birds left around but no squirrels around this year will the fox have eaten them any one have any idea when they leave the den or what she could do to deter them from coming so near the house my small grandaughter is afraid of going down the garden.

Gardeners' World Web User 22/06/2011 at 20:15

my grandpa doesent have a fox .charlie our cat chases them off . but we have a toad called lopez .

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