The red fox is native to Britain and what was previously a rural animal is now widespread in cities, towns and the countryside. Foxes have thrived in urban areas thanks to the easy availability of food scraps and places to shelter in residential areas.
Foxes are nocturnal, mainly moving around at night, but having become used to living around humans, can also be seen moving through neighbourhoods during the day.
Although some people find foxes cute and they can behave like domesticated pets, they can be dangerous and do carry diseases that can be spread to both pets and people.
They may be attracted to gardens by food that is left out for other animals or to food waste that is not properly secured. Check under sheds and other sheltered garden areas for signs that foxes have been active.