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London Fox Fortnight 15th - 29th July 2017

Last year hundreds of our Twitter followers joined weeks of polling to decide which animal would make the best wild symbol for London. In the end it came down to a vote between house sparrows and the red foxes… and foxes won 56% to 44%. As British foxes are having a bit of a rough time at the moment, we thought we’d have a fortnight to celebrate them!

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Share your Encounters

Why not share your encounter on Twitter using hashtag #LondonFoxFortnight. What were you and the fox doing when you encountered one another?

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Read about London's foxes

There's some great writing out there on London's foxes. Here's a few of our favourites to help set the scene for the fortnight:

Urban fox numbers surge from The Guardian, April 2016. The number of urban foxes in England has quadrupled in the past 20 years, according to a study that estimates there are nearly 150,000 in England, or about one for every 300 urban residents.
The Fox Book, by Jane Russ produced with support of The Fox Project. Offers a unique insight into this most divisive of creatures, from its place in British countryside and cities, to its vibrant history in myth, art and legend throughout the world.
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How two urban fox cubs changed my life, by Dora Nightingale. Dora Nightingale was inspired by two visitors to her garden to produce the film 'Foxed'.
Fantastic Mister, by Tom Holland. No wild animal plays a more significant or ambivalent role in the imaginings of the British than the fox.
21st-century fox: how nature's favourite outsider seduced the suburbs. by Paula Cocozza. Not so long ago, they were the pests that made a mess on the lawn. But now they have crept into our homes – their images on mugs, cushions and tea towels – and into TV adverts, fashion and literature
The fox: Friend or foe? by Lucy Jones. When you see a fox, what do you feel? More than any other animal in Britain, the fox can elicit a cocktail of opinion and emotion.
Foxes Unearthed by Lucy Jones. Lucy travels the length of Britain to find out first-hand why these animals incite such passionate emotions, revealing our rich and complex relationship with one of our most loved - and most vilified - wild animals.
How to be Human by Paula Cocozza. When Mary arrives home from work one day to find a magnificent fox on her lawn - his ears spiked in attention and every hair bristling with his power to surprise - it is only the beginning.
Fox Watching. In the shadow of the fox. by Martin Hemmington of National Fox Welfare Society. how to find, attract and watch foxes, as well as how to photograph them. How to become an amateur biologist, keeping records of the annual diet of your foxes, how to age a fox casualty and how to make casts of their footprints.

Supporting the Fox

Here's a few of the organisations helping foxes.

National Fox Welfare Society. A completely voluntary organisation that has been running now for over 20 years, dedicated to helping the Red Fox in the UK. Provides rescues for sick and injured foxes, free treatments for foxes suffering from Sarcoptic Mange, free mange treatment advice, cage traps for critically sick foxes though still mobile. We also provide a fox sanctuary for foxes that can’t go back to the wild.
The Fox Project The Wildlife Information Bureau, and Wildlife Ambulance Service operates over a 60 x 70 mile range over parts of Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex and South East London, dealing with upto 700 sick and injured foxes per year. The Fox Project does not receive financial support from national or local government. It relies entirely on donations form supporters, the general public and, for specific projects, from grant making trusts.
Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (Enfield) based in Trent Park. The Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service rescues and rehabilitates sick, injured, orphaned or trapped wild animals and birds, then releases them back to the wild once they have recovered. Any creature that cannot be released stays at the Centre in Trent Country Park, or is taken to another sanctuary. There are usually around 160 animals and birds permanently resident at the Centre. WRAS gets no funding and relies on public donations and visitors to the Centre. The charity constantly struggles to survive and is always in need of financial help.

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