The Urban fox

The Urban fox

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

While many of us are tucked up in bed the adaptable red fox takes over many British streets; scavenging from our leftovers, hunting small prey and often being regularly fed by human admirers. As we’re finishing our daily routines and beginning to wind down for the evening foxes are emerging from their daytime dens and retreats. These charismatic carnivores thrive in our cities mostly unnoticed by their human neighbours, patrolling our neighbourhoods under the cover of darkness. However, they can also be seen around sunset and as the first light of the day peeks over the horizon.

No other native British mammal divides opinion as much as the red fox. Many see them as vermin and a nuisance but in my opinion we should be proud to have them live alongside us. It’s an absolute privilege to able to watch and photograph these beautiful animals, just minutes away from my home.

Foxes are part of the Canidae family but also share many characteristics with cats. They have slender bodies, long sensitive whiskers and vertically oriented pupils that allow them to see in low light. They’re very agile allowing them to navigate through the urban environment with ease. They even hunt in the same manner as cats by stalking and pouncing on their prey.

Urban foxes’ beauty and adaptiveness to live in many different environments makes them a fascinating subject to photograph. I want to tell this story and actively seek out the common city scenes that show them going about their daily routines. Their iconic red fur and thick bushy tails set against man made build up environments packed full of colour, texture and variety creates endless photographic possibilities.

As well as being a way of connecting with nature in a built up world, my foxy subjects have also become companions and I have become very attached. I would like to share my love for these animals and encourage others to appreciate what so many of us city dwellers have literally on our doorsteps. There are so many interesting wildlife stories unfolding everyday on our streets, in our gardens, down dark alleyways and in local parks.

As you can probably tell I have fallen head over heels in love with this species and the process of photographing them has taught me so much about their behaviour, family dynamics and the struggles they face living in our cities. This is my largest project to date and the one I’m most proud of. My tenacity has paid off and given me some of my most treasured wildlife experiences which rival trips to exotic destinations all within minutes from home. They have taught me to be more patient and to appreciate what I have around me.

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