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My Favourite Fox

Observed: 19th July 2012 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in MammalsSimon Walker’s reputation in MammalsSimon Walker’s reputation in Mammals
Fox, seated, Rye Meads, 2012-07-19 005 reduced
Fox, seated, Rye Meads, 2012-07-19 011 reduced

Grassland is deceptive as a habitat. What do you enter for an RSPB reserve that has grass, water, woodland, marsh etc.? When I've seen this vixen she's always been not far from the Visitors' Centre.
I understand she raised seven cubs this year, and I just missed one of them! She's in far better condition than the last time I saw her, when they must have been running her ragged.

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Species with which Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) interacts


the naturalist man's picture


Excellent photos of a female fox in what looks to be prime condition, obviously feeding well on birds eggs and young chicks (don't let the warden read this!)

The habitat is meant as a guide so record the habitat you saw the fox in at the time of photographing it.

Graham Banwell

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Simon Walker's picture

Hi Graham

I know what you mean about the habitat, and I didn't word what I meant at all well.

My point was SUPPOSED to be that there are occasions when the choice of habitats doesn't cover the situation. For instance, a kestrel in a tree growing in the edge of a lake, with a hedgerow running from it, surrounded by farmland. What do you pick? Maybe a category of "other - please specify" would help, though it would make using the information for statistical purposes difficult. Perhaps being able to select more than one might help. I dunno.

I don't know what the solution is, only the problem! ;-)


Martin Harvey's picture


That's a good point about habitats, it is always difficult to describe a habitat for something seen at the edges of several habitat types, and especially for mobile animals such as birds (or foxes) it is arguably not very meaningful to give a habitat in this way.

The only 'solution' I can offer is to say that adding a habitat tag in iSpot is not compulsory! It's good to add one where you can, but if nothing fits the situation you can leave it out, and/or add a Descriptive tag instead, and/or just describe things in the Description text.

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