New Forest National Park Logo

New Forest National Park

New Forest National Park Information

Red fox fact file

Common name – red fox (normally just ‘fox’)

Scientific name – Vulpes vulpes.

Size – the body length of an adult fox can range from 60 – 90cm, with an additional tail length of up to 50cm. Standing height to the shoulder can range from 20 – 40cm. An adult male fox (dog) typically weighs around 7 – 10kg, the female (vixen) weighing slightly less.

Identification tips – easily identified by its doglike appearance and almost uniform reddy-brown coat and long, bushy tail. The under-neck and chin are often white, and the ears have black tips.

Red fox fact file

Preferred habitat – red foxes are very adaptable and can live in a wide variety of places. They are becoming increasingly more common in urban areas, especially adjacent to open countryside. In forested or open land they will make their home in any suitably sheltered hollow or hole.

Diet – with red foxes, almost anything goes. Small animals, invertebrates, insects, birds and bird eggs are favourite. Farmyard poultry such as chickens and ducks are often taken. Forest fruits, nuts and berries also make up the diet, as does leftover scraps from human rubbish bins.

Breeding – March is the main month for giving birth, around 50 days after mating. The vixen has a litter of between four and seven cubs, annually. The birth takes place underground in a ‘den’ (also called an earth). The fox will dig her own if necessary but will try to seek out an existing hole, such as a disused badger sett, first.

Other points – very widespread throughout all areas of the New Forest National Park, including urbanised areas. Most active at night, foxes are scavengers and will readily enter people’s gardens to scrounge for food, particularly around rubbish bins.
They will also attack and eat smaller free-roaming birds and animals in gardens, given the chance, such as chickens, ducks, and rabbits.
Solitary animals for much of the time. Foxes are generally seen as a pest and have long been the centre of various hunting activities.

Related Pages:

The Cyclist's Guide to the New Forest

Best Cycling Trails in New Forest

Best Cycling Trails in New Forest: Discover Scenic Routes for All Skill Levels Indeed, the New Forest bristles with some of the most exceptional cycling trails suitable for all skill levels. Keen cyclists and novices

Read More »
Brockenhurst New Forest Hotels House On River

Brockenhurst New Forest Hotels

Brockenhurst New Forest Hotels & Accommodation Brockenhurst is a charming village located in the heart of the New Forest National Park in Hampshire, England. Known for its picturesque natural scenery, quaint villages, free-roaming ponies, and

Read More »
Camping set-up Best Camping Fridges UK

Best Camping Fridges UK

Best Camping Fridges UK – Reviewed for 2023 If you’re looking to enjoy your time away from the civilization, planning an outdoor camping trip requires thoughtful preparation. Nothing is more crucial than the right equipment. Portable fridges

Read More »
New Forest Road Try A New Forest

Try a New Forest

Try a New Forest: Discovering Europe’s Top Forests   Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a keen hiker or perhaps a budding photographer, a woodland retreat is always a thoroughly relaxing and restorative experience. If you

Read More »
A Man Holding a Backpack Choosing The Best Carry On Backpack UK

Choosing The Best Carry On Backpack UK

Choosing The Best Carry On Backpack UK I have travelled with too much stuff for many years and now know that a carry-on backpack of good quality is an investment worth making. You want your backpack

Read More »
Bird on the Twig Birds Of The New Forest

Birds Of The New Forest

Birds Of The New Forest National Park UK Are you intrigued by birds and their diverse habitats? The New Forest, a national park in England, is home to a stunning variety of bird species, from

Read More »