As a result of a local resident asking “what do I do about foxes living near my house?” the Parish Council contacted the Environmental Health Dept. at Rushcliffe Borough Council. Their response is printed below:
“……the (Borough) Council does not currently provide a service for the treatment of foxes. We do have an advice leaflet, with general advice on how to deter foxes, which residents may find useful. Some of the advice provided in the leaflet is: *Refuse should be stored in a secure location and only put out for collection on the actual morning the waste is collected, not the night before. *Food should not be placed on open compost heaps. Such an action would also encourage rats into your garden. *Chemical repellents can be used to deter foxes. These can be bought at most garden centres. The effectiveness of such repellents seems to be quite variable and so it is important to follow the instructions thoroughly and safely. *Fencing up to at least 2 metres high would help prevent foxes entering your garden. Ideally, the fence should have a 30cm overhang at the top and 30cm buried in the ground. *It is illegal to poison foxes and laying bait could pose a serious risk to pets and other wildlife.”
Rushcliffe Borough Council also advised that if residents needed any more information, they should contact RBC’s Environmental and Waste Management Dept.