Brockley Foxes

We have a few heavy days ahead of us, with some worthy, weighty articles planned.

So before we get to that, we thought you might enjoy some Brockley wildlife, courtesy of YouTube.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Im scared a fox will eat my cats, one of which is a minature. Do foxes tend to go for cats?

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

that was me

Amanda said...

What a nightmare!

Brockley Nick said...

The people who made the video seemed very happy to have them.

violetnights said...

Ah, so it's the face of the things that keep me awake at nights.

That and the bloody weather...

Amanda said...

The people who made the video seemed very happy to have them.

Excellent! I wonder whether they'd be happy to have ours aswell...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous - you'd have to be very unlucky to lose a cat to a fox. I researched this briefly when I got my cats, and one website said, reassuringly, that there had never been a proven case in the UK of a fox killing a cat. Another website said that mothers with young cubs could turn nasty and attack cats, but that it would be very unsual. From what I've seen, foxes and cats show a complete lack of interest in each other.

Richard Elliot said...

Aren't the Brockley Foxes the people that do the restaurant reviews in the Brockley Society newsletter?

Monkeyboy said...

I s'pose it's difficult to hate the little b***ards.

Wish they'd keep the noise down when they're shagging though. Us lonely singletons can't cry ourselves to sleep with that racket going on.

spincat said...

We live behind some playing fields and there are lots of fox families there. We've not had any problems with our cats and the foxes over past 15 years.

Anonymous said...

We had some at the bottom of our garden when we lived in Honor Oak Park, due to the fact that our neighbour stupidly kept feeding them. As well as making a terrible racket they moved in under our decking & gave our dog mange. Horrible things.

Tressillian James said...

Have two who live in my garden (and the neighbouring). They sleep right in the middel of the lawn and take no notice of the cats.

Apart from noisy nuptials, let's encourage our foxes - otherwise we could see videos on Youtube about Brockley Rats...

Anonymous said...

If you have them living in your garden and you have cats then my advice would be to get them to clear off as soon as you can. As well as giving them mange they'll give them fleas as well. If you compare a city fox to a country fox you'll see that city foxes are riddled with disease.

Tamsin said...

We had a similar discussion a couple of seasons back on the Telegraph Hill website - with a similar dichotomy of views - some loving some hating them.

Something worth passing on though is a tip to get rid of them (but easier for a man than a woman). You just go around your garden marking the territory yourself in the time-honoured way!

Danja said...

I'd love to see them all culled, vile creatures.

Anyone for the Brockley and New Cross Hunt? It would be terrific fun jumping all those fences and walls through back gardens.


(I actually despise hunting/hunt members, but would welcome someone eliminating the hideous things with a big lamp and a rifle)

Anonymous said...

....men marking territory?

You mean like picking fights on Brockley Central, being pompous and opinionated?

spincat said...

sarcoptic mange in cats is very very rare indeed. A dog is more at risk but it is a much more easily treatable form of the disease.

I agree that they are wild things that shoudln't be encouraged to stray to close to the house - but we have lived happily alongside them (albeit we encurage them to stick to their side of the fence - for the last 15 years.

Tamsin said...

No - time honoured among animals. If you pee around the borders of your garden it apparently keeps the foxes away.

Likewise using lion manure (if you know a friendly zoo-keeper) scares away your neighbour's cats.

Monkeyboy said...

Thats exactly what I told the Magistrate I was doing on Hampstead heath. Didn't believe me and got a £100 fine.

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

Im glad you dont live west side tasmin :o)

spincat said...

The scent marking thing does work -I don't do it myself, you understand - is better done by a man... but it does work

Anonymous said...

Clearly there is an employment opportunity for someone here.

Brockley women, fearful that their many cats may be in peril from the fox population, need a man who probably likes a drink or two to do a bit of territory marking...

I am sure there are one or two around here who probably do it as a matter of course. The roads in Brockley can seem awfully long after a skinful. Now it can be regarded as a community minded service. Whether that would stand up in court, is another matter.

Anonymous said...

I have two cat and last year the foxes who live at the bottom of my garden had 5 cubs. The cats sometimes have a wander towards the foxes who just tend to stare with distain and then walk away!!!

Rebecca said...

Ooh, that's my film. What a surprise! Our cats got on with the foxes fine. The foxes knew the cats were in charge.

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