How do foxes search for food?

Far from fussy eaters, foxes will scavenge whatever is on the menu that day, whether it’s a lowly earthworm, a bird fallen from a nest or the last night’s leftovers from your rubbish bin. They are omnivores so they can eat small mammals, as well as insects and fruit and berries, meaning they thrive in rural and urban areas alike.

Foxes are extremely territorial and usually claim up to 13 square kilometres (five square miles) of land as their own. They will be constantly patrolling on the lookout for food, urinating as they go in order to remind themselves where they’ve already looked, as well as to ward off others of their kind. Their patch will have several burrows and dens that not only provide shelter, but also doubles as storage for food.

As nocturnal animals, foxes will hunt at night and rest during the day. They have excellent sense of hearing and smell, which they use to hone in on their prey before sneaking up them with feline-like prowess. Amazingly, some cunning foxes have realised there are more feeding opportunities available during the day and have changed their habits to suit the humans they live alongside, often visiting gardens in the hope of table scraps left outside for them.