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Foxes Live: Wild in the City is a brand new live interactive natural history event carrying out the biggest ever nationwide study into urban foxes in the UK.
Using cutting-edge technology, this ambitious project will assemble footage from state-of-the-art tracking technology, camera rigs and user-generated content to provide a fox-eye view of our cities. Every move will be followed with the help of CCTV cameras, GPS tags and mini fox cams that will follow the foxes’ movements; from under garden sheds where they sleep to the industrial estates where they mate.
No one knows for sure how many foxes live in the UK or whether the population is growing. There’s thought to be between 30,000 to 40,000 living in cities and between 200,000 and 250,000 living in the countryside. Some cities are thought to have as many as 27 foxes per square mile. GPS tracking will provide urban fox territory sizes in different housing densities and, with the public’s help, Channel 4 aims to make the most comprehensive estimate of the UK urban fox population. Channel 4 is putting the power into the hands of the viewers.
Anyone who owns a smartphone is a potential wildlife photographer and can contribute to new natural history research by taking part in the largest ever urban fox census. With the last study on urban foxes carried out over 30 years ago, Channel 4 will introduce brand new wildlife research and information, concluding with a public census. There has been an increase in recent press reports of foxes attacking pets and even people. Are they becoming bolder and braver than ever?
There is an urgent need to understand how this animal lives in our cities and if they can safely co-exist alongside humans. No other wild animal provokes such divided opinion. Foxes Live: Wild in the City will address and discuss public attitudes towards the urban fox. Experts will explore whether this mischievous metro-mammal deserves its reputation as a cunning creature of the night. They will answer live viewer concerns and address questions such as: do foxes attack? And are they afraid of humans? Public opinion will be closely monitored live on air to discover whether people’s views change once they learn more about this elusive creature. Veterinary expert and broadcaster Mark Evans (Inside Nature’s Giants) co-presents the three-part live series with Anita Rani (Four Rooms). There will also be daily fox updates from Tuesday 1 May to Sunday 6 May on Channel 4 (at 7.55pm on Tuesday to Thursday, 7.30pm on Friday and at a time tbc on Saturday and Sunday), where viewers will be kept up-to-date with the latest developments from the fox dens.
Tonight, 8pm, Channel 4