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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
Description:

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.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) interacts

Comments

the naturalist man's picture

Fox

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! ;-)

Regards

Martin Harvey's picture

habitats

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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