London’s Urban Fox

March 1, 2018



“ My dog and I were crestfallen. In the early-morning chill, the fox lay lifeless on the sidewalk in front of us, her thick, honey-colored fur damp with rain, her golden-brown eyes staring blankly at the road, where she’d presumably been hit by a vehicle.”        

                                                                                                                               – Christopher Werth


The streets of London is home to an assumed 10.000 urban foxes, where of 33.000 in Britain in total. They are often seen in during night under the protection of the dark, or in the foggy dawn, on their way to their home underneath a shed or on railway embankment. Food is to be found in the traces of humans, in a bin or dropped on the sidewalk topped up with ketchup after a long night out. In a large city like London, these animals often live short and brutal lives, often ended by motor vehicles or dying from diseases.

Foxes began encroaching on British cities in the 1930s, or rather, the city encroached on the foxes. In the years between the two World Wars, Britain’s suburbs pushed deep into the fox’s natural habitat in the English countryside, and in response, many foxes headed for the inner city. Today, they are not welcome by many in the human landscape.

Humankind had caused mass extinctions of plant and animal species, polluted the oceans and altered the atmosphere, among other lasting impacts. With the rapid growth of cities, we are taking over land and territories affecting life on earth. In this Anthropocene age where humans urban living is constantly expanding, the phenomenon of the urban wildlife is important to undertake. In this study I want to look into how the natural lives of foxes in London are affected by human urban life and how we can ‘care’ for the animals that live among us.


Rikke Henriksen Winther

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