Urban Foxes

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Adam Tilt 0 Comments


If you are a fan of Foxes as I am then it seems that Llanelli and Pontarddulais are the places to be. The second time that I ever visited my house was after dark whilst deciding if we should put an offer in or not, and I was greeted not by an estate agent but three Foxes instead. A great improvement I'm sure you would agree and certainly an added incentive to buy. One particularly large fox was patrolling the road at the front and the other two were seen crossing the small lane at the rear before disappearing into a mass of undergrowth. At the end of last year we watched and listened as a pair had a very vocal exchange of views on the nearby school fields, and if my ripped bin bags and car alarm are anything to go by then they are regular visitors to the back garden as well. Despite the signs I only manage very irregular sightings which is a great shame as I think that any sighting of a British mammal is something that should be celebrated. It's not as if seeing them is a regular occurrence at the best of times.

If you want pretty much guaranteed views of Foxes however, my best advice is to take a drive around the Llanelli ring road after dark, particularly the stretch that joins the WWT Llanelli site with the visitor centre on the Millennium coastal footpath. I went out for a little jaunt in the car last night and got superb views of three individuals. There is usually one around the entrance to the golf club, whilst I also got new sightings just outside the visitor centre car park and another further along at Pwll. All three were of varying sizes but I have no idea of their sex or ages. I have tried in the past to get some video using the girlfriend’s phone on 'night-vision' mode. The results were not surprisingly unimpressive. I think a new tactic may be needed to try and get some decent results. I feel a stake out of the back garden coming on!

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