Foxes get a pretty raw deal in the UK today. Stories of urban foxes invading homes and eating babies sound far-fetched but this urban legend is one that just won’t disappear.

Today we’re looking at the humble fox be it urban or rural to try to convince you that foxes are our friends.

Foxes are part of the dog family and find it easy to adapt to most environments – even the busiest of city centres. The red fox has actually surpassed the grey wolf as the most prevalent wild canine in the world – pretty impressive, Mr Fox.

In the wild, foxes only live for a few years and are solitary hunters. Though you may be familiar with a particular fox family, when it comes to hunting, this they do all on their own.

When it comes to the diet of foxes, this is where things get interesting. What a fox eats is largely dependent on where they live. Needless to say, urban foxes and foxes that live right in the city centre, have terrible diets consisting largely of scavenged bin waste but also small birds.

If you want to attract foxes…
If you want to attract foxes into your garden, the RSPCA advice is to leave food scraps out for them – specifically chicken and potatoes. Foxes don’t generally provide any huge benefit to gardeners but it can also be said that they don’t really do any harm.

Aren’t they dangerous?
Despite their terrible press, fox attacks are highly unlikely. It is so rare for foxes to attack domestic animals like cats and dogs and it’s also unlikely that your small pets like rabbits and guinea-pigs will come to any harm. Really, the worst a fox can do is wake you with their horrendous mating screech or stink out certain areas of your garden with their extremely pungent waste.

How to repel foxes
If you really don’t want any foxes in your garden there isn’t really an awful lot you can do to deter them. The best way to reduce their visits is to make sure that all rubbish and food waste is secure inside a fully closed wheelie bin. Like all canines, foxes have a powerful sense of smell and can detect food over long distances. During the cub season of early spring through to early summer is when mummy and daddy fox go scouting for food for their hungry cubs – this is when you are most likely to see a fox in your garden.

We want to add that it is both illegal and inhumane to put down poison as a way to control foxes in your garden. We know you wouldn’t – you’re all far too lovely for that sort of thing.

So, far from being the killer beasts that certain branches of the free press would have you think, red foxes are really very shy. If you spend some time watching of an evening especially during cub season, you might just be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a fox family living in your garden.