Urban Fox (Vulpes vulpes) Population Estimates and Habitat Requirements in Several British Cities

  • Harris S
  • Rayner J
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Abstract

Surveys in Bath, Bournemouth, Poole, Birmingham, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton were undertaken. Locally, densities were as high as 5 fox family groups km-2, but mean densities for each city were much lower, ranging from 0.188 (Wolverhampton) to 2.035 (Poole) fox family groups km-2. Foxes occur most frequently in residential areas, and less often in city centres and around industry. They preferred areas of owner- occupied housing, particularly when the housing density and the number of people per household were also low. Foxes were less common in residential areas consisting of council-rented housing.

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  • S. Harris

  • J. M. V. Rayner

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