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The Purbeck Red Foxes

Really Simple Syndication

4th June 2010

Five feisty fox cubs

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Five feisty fox cubs

Watch as we join the excited group of fox cubs during feeding time.

3rd June 2010

Frolicking fox cubs

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Frolicking fox cubs

Simon revisits the family of wild foxes in Dorset to find out how our vixen is coping with motherhood.

2nd June 2010

Fighting to survive

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Fighting to survive

Simon's team are on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset with a challenge: to find wild red foxes. They have found a family of red foxes including six six-week old cubs, but the vixen is injured. Join us as we follow her fight to hunt for food and protect her cubs.

About

The Purbeck Red Fox

In 2010 Springwatch followed the highs and lows of a family of red foxes. The cute character of the red fox makes it a popular countryside sight. Its characteristic bushy tail, which can be up to a third of the overall length of the fox, is often spotted disappearing around a corner shyly retreating out of the public glare. Follow their story here.

Foxes communicate with both sound and smell. Often using urine or faeces to communicate to each other; this practice is called scent marking, and is used to mark out territories and attract a mate during the breeding season. Its red coat, blackened ears and legs, and lightened chest fur makes the red fox an icon of UK wildlife.

Red fox checking for danger (c) Richard McManus Red fox

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