Feeding Preferences of the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Below are some examples of prey choice by Red foxes from a variety of habitats, both urban and rural. The following graphs serve to highlight how there really is no such thing as a 'typical' fox diet because foxes are highly opportunistic feeders with a catholic diet.

Fox Diet (London)
The diet of foxes in London as assessed by stomach contents. The graph shows the number of stomachs in which each type of food was found. Note that each stomach generally contained items from more than a single group.


Fox Diet (Ireland)
The influence of season on the diet of Irish Red foxes. The graph shows the percentage of scats in which each type of food was found.


Fox Diet (Dorset)
The prey taken by foxes in a rural area of Dorset, UK. The pie chart shows how frequently each prey group was recovered from a fox stomach.


Fox Diet (Scotland)
The prey choice of foxes living in the Scottish mountains. The graph shows the percentage of scats from which each prey type was recovered and shows how season influenced the diet. Scavenging of deer carcasses was much more important during the winter, when small mammals were more difficult to find.


Fox Diet (Holland)
The diet of Red foxes living in a sand dune system in Holland. The pie chart shows the percentage of scats from which each food group was recovered.


Fox Diet (Switzerland)
The diet of foxes living in the Swiss Jura Mountain range of the western Alps. The pie chart shows how often each prey group were recovered from scats.


Fox Diet (Bristol)
The diet of foxes living in Bristol as established by Bristol University's Mammal Research Unit. The pie chart shows how often each type of prey was found in fox scats collected from the city.