Foxes’ mat­ing calls can last for hours

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

In re­cent weeks, foxes have been very noisy in the New Rom­ney neigh­bour­hood and un­for­tu­nately I have seen a num­ber of dead foxes on the side of some of the busy roads across the Marsh af­ter an ab­sence of a few months – pre­sum­ably due to them be­com­ing more ac­tive in the breed­ing sea­son.

The noise is of foxes in the mat­ing sea­son which is through­out the win­ter months from Christ­mas through into Fe­bru­ary.

The mat­ing calls are like a va­ri­ety of scream­ing noises, barks and screeches and can last for hours through the middle of the night.

The prob­lem is, the noises are so loud this has prompted peo­ple to phone into the po­lice in the night, think­ing some­one is be­ing at­tacked.

If you are lucky to see a fox at this time of the year the coat is usu­ally thick and full of rus­set colour with a thick tail with a white tip and it is only later in the sum­mer when the fox moults that they look a lit­tle bit tatty and worn.

How­ever, around the Dun­geness and coastal ar­eas many of the foxes are in­fected with a mite which makes the fox lose its qual­ity of coat which is called mange.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Owen Leyshon, Rom­ney Marsh Coun­try­side Part­ner­ship, tele­phone 01797 367934 or log on to www.rmcp.co.uk

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