Cllr Caroline ffiske writes:
A number of residents from around the Brook Green area have told me they are suffering from increasing nuisance from foxes. I’ve asked the Council if it is within its remit to provide assistance and / or for other advice. Did you know that foxes are not pests but wild animals? Here is the Council response below.
Legally, foxes are classified as wild animals and not pests and therefore is not an issue that is dealt with by the Council’s Pest Control Service. The Council has no statutory powers or legal rights to eradicate foxes on private or other land. Any landlord of a housing block also does not have a responsibility to control foxes.
The most practical advice we offer to concerned residents involves fencing their own gardens to a standard that physically excludes foxes. It is also possible to discourage foxes by removing the various attractions that draw the foxes to some areas e.g poorly managed domestic refuse and neglected and overgrown gardens. Residents should ensure refuse is stored in suitable containers so that it cannot provide food for any fox in the neighbourhood and should also make sure that gardens are not so overgrown that it could provide harbourage for foxes.
If refuse and waste seems to be a problem please report this to our call centre and they can pass this on to the relevant council department to investigate. Their telephone number is 0208 753 1081.
The Fox Project has been assisting local authorities with humane, non-lethal solutions to fox nuisance and is willing to talk to local residents about fox deterrence and about simple steps that can be taken to resolve specific issues. You can contact the FOX DETERRENCE HELPLINE on 01892 826222.
Also, our website contains additional info on foxes:
The advice that was given to me – and it works – is for a man to pee round the boundary of the garden. Apparently the foxes know that a larger mammal is on the prowl and they stay away.
That will be attractive watching us all “Fox Proof” our rubbish bags when we put them out the night before collection day!
One never sees rodents when foxes are about.