Foxes’ mating calls can last for hours
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