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Advice for dealing with nuisance foxes 09.06.10

Thanks to the abundance of green spaces in the borough foxes are a regular feature of Sutton wildlife.


If there is a fox living in a garden in your street some simple steps can help to encourage them to move on:

  1. Keep all domestic refuse in wheelie bins or closed containers, not plastic bags.
  2. Only put your refuse out on the morning of collection.
  3. Do not leave food out for other animals, e.g. cats, dogs, rabbits etc. Be extremely careful where you put food to feed birds, this should be in approved containers.
  4. Make sure there are no areas where foxes can shelter. This may be an overgrown or neglected area or a void beneath a building. Voids can be protected using heavy duty mesh (Weld Mesh). Mesh with holes measuring 2" (50 mm) square is ideal, making sure that it is securely fixed to any building and buried to a depth of 12" (30 cm) into the soil to prevent the fox burrowing under the mesh.

Additional advice is available here-

If you have a sick or injured fox in your area, contact the wildlife charity, "The Fox Project",  

For more information on pest control services and other wildlife charities, contact Sutton Council on 020 8770 5070.

Last updated: Thursday, 08 July 2010

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