Alannah Hawker Photography | Foxes 2018

My Urban Foxes


 

I started watching my urban fox family in 2011, at this point I'd never properly photographed wild foxes before, or had much to do with foxes. However three years on from then and my life now seems very fox orientated! Foxes are very misunderstood creatures, and I hope that some of my stories and photos shows what foxes are really like. Below I will tell the story of my urban fox families...

 

2018         

We ended last year with our family of three, but territory is very hard to keep around here.. Luckily our male fox (Schofe) is a very large and our female fox (Thea) is very bossy, so the pair managed to keep the territory quite easily! Their cub from 2016 (Willow) is also still around, so it seems the pair have allowed her to stay for another year.

The family visited most days, and it wasn't long before Thea started to develop a baby bump. We kept an eye on the shed just in case Thea decided to use it this year, and with a bit of luck we noticed that it was being dug out. Foxes will often dig multiple den sites though, so this didn't mean that she would use the den. I set some cameras up to record what was going on at the den site, and Thea & Willow were visiting it most nights to look at it. After a while Thea got very big and the camera showed she was starting to go under the shed to prepare it. A few days later Thea gave birth on the 21st February!

I kept the cameras out to watch the action, and Thea was a brilliant mum. She would stay with the cubs to keep them warm, coming out a few times a day to eat and drink, and then going back to the babies. Schofe would bring food every few nights to Thea and to check on her and the cubs. Willow continued to visit in the day, and to our surprise her belly started to become larger and larger. We believe that Willow gave birth on the 6th March, her cubs are possibly where Thea had hers last year.

Both foxes have had a hard time looking after their cubs, as the British weather has been quite weird and given us snow in March! The cold can be very dangerous for young cubs, but Thea has been staying with her cubs to keep them warm. The cubs started to look out of the den at night, but they were understandably unsure about the snow. Luckily the snow melted just two days after the cubs starting to look out, and on the first official day of Spring (20th March) the cubs have taken their first looks out into the world in the day!

Willow has been seen very briefly since given birth, but not much as she is off looking after her cubs.

 

 

(Last updated 20/03/2018)

 

'Thea' Our first look at the 2018 cubs