Foxes in an urban area can cause a range of reactions amongst residents, some loathe them, some love them.
Foxes first colonised our cities in the 1920's. At that time land was cheap, and large areas of semi-detached suburbs were built in the period leading up to World War 2. This low density housing, with relatively large gardens, provided an ideal habitat for foxes, and they quickly increased in numbers. From these new suburbs foxes then colonised other, less favourable, urban areas and are now found in all parts of Britain.
For most urban areas, the fox population reached its carrying capacity (i.e. the maximum number of animals the habitat will sustain) many years ago, and contrary to popular belief the population is stable, with no significant increases or decreases. There are only a few urban areas where fox numbers are probably still increasing, and these are ones which have only been colonised.
The following links will take you to pages on our website containing information on the types of problems that can be caused by foxes, put the extent of the problem into perspective and give some practical advice on how to alleviate or possibly eliminate any such problems. Much of the technical information about urban foxes has been sourced from the University of Bristol, where research on foxes has been carried out by Professor Stephen Harris.
For further information or advice, details on charges, and for arranging treatment, please contact the Pest Control Section on 01382 436288.