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Macroscopic prey remains in the winter diet of foxes Vulpes vulpes in rural Britain
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2006
Volume 36, Issue 1, pages 85–97, January 2006
How to Cite
WEBBON, C. C., BAKER, P. J., COLE, N. C. and HARRIS, S. (2006), Macroscopic prey remains in the winter diet of foxes Vulpes vulpes in rural Britain. Mammal Review, 36: 85–97. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2907.2006.00069.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2006
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2006
- Submitted 16 July 2004; returned for revision 18 August 2004; revision accepted 25 February 2005
- red fox;
- wildlife management
- 1The winter diet of foxes Vulpes vulpes was quantified in seven landscape types in Britain, using faecal samples from 87 sites.
- 2Medium-sized mammals (0.1–5.0 kg) were consistently the most important prey group in arable and pastural landscapes, occurring in 44–72% of scats and comprising 50–75% of the mass of prey ingested. Birds and small mammals (< 0.1 kg) were important secondary prey groups.
- 3Small mammals were the most frequently recorded prey group in marginal upland (42% of scats) and upland landscapes (75%), followed by large mammals (33% and 23%, respectively). In terms of mass ingested, small mammals (38%) and large mammals (52%) were the most important prey groups in these landscapes.
- 4In all landscapes, field voles Microtus agrestis, lagomorphs, sheep/deer and passerines/galliforms dominated their respective prey groupings.