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The Wapping Fox

The Wapping Fox

The local foxes are one of the many things I love about Wapping.

Working late one night a month ago it seemed that irrespective of whether I looked out of my kitchen window or living room window I would see a fox scampering past. Was it circling Frobisher House or just toying with me?

It wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that I realised that I had seen two foxes that night – not just one very fast one. Late at night I could see them playing in the piles of leaves behind the Turks’ Head Café.

And yes that might have been me quietly stalking them with my camera until the small hours…

Then early one morning this week my girlfriend and I saw one wandering along Greenbank in daylight.

Later the same day I was sitting in the park by Wapping New Stairs feeding the squirrels – and crows and magpies and blue jays –when I saw something out of the corner of my eye.

I turned just in time to see a fox disappearing into the bushes. I nearly fell off the bench with surprise and delight.

Image Wapping Fox in Squirrel Park

I always carry a camera with me and was soon sitting there with my finger on the shutter release, but not hopeful of seeing the fox again. Then he (or she) just trotted across the grass without a care in the world and I managed to get a photograph.

Since moving to Wapping earlier this year I have been pleasantly surprised by the variety of wildlife to be found here. But I think it is the sight of the Wapping foxes that thrills me the most.

Mark Baynes


  • http://www.whatsinwapping.co.uk What’s in Wapping

    Hi Tommy
    It’s incredible what you’ve seen in Wapping! If you did happen to catch any of these on camera it would be great to include them in an article we’re about to do on water birds in Wapping so please let us know? We’ve started the album here http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatsinwapping/sets/72157625843725218/
    Many thanks

  • Anonymous

    Ah ha! Thanks very much Tommy, you have probably increased my knowledge of birds by 100%! cheers, Mark

  • Tommy

    Hello Mark – a hirundine is a collective name for swallows, swifts, house and sandmartins which are migrant birds. Tommy

  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    I have no idea of their nationality but a lovely pair of swans seem to have found a spot on the canal by the bridge, between Kennet St and Waterman Way.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for that Tommy, very comprehensive list! Excuse my ignorance but what is a ‘hirundine’?

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear – whereabouts is the car park you mentioned?

  • Tommy

    2 Egyptian Geese seen on the raft in Shadwell Basin, one going in and out the duck house – may be thinking of setting up residence! Also seen in the area GS woodpecker, jays, chiffchaff, grey wagtails and pied wagtails, 2 great crested grebes which have been around for a few weeks now. Also 20 plus tufted ducks have settled in during the hard weather. Also in summer as well as the usual hirundines we have sandmartins nesting in the cracks of the dock wall. Surprising what wild life comes and goes in the area.

  • Abi

    I’m very sorry to report that one of the foxes has died, he was fine the previous night and then when I awoke and looked at the snowy car park he was lying there, not sure if it was foul means, hope not…

  • Jim C

    What a great photo! I’ve heard the foxes many times, but never actually seen one although maybe one day I hope.

  • Jane

    I’ve seen three foxes at the same time near Prusom’s Island. It was spring last year, and to be accurate I heard them first in the middle of the night – they woke me up, the noise sounding like cats fighting. But on looking out, there were three foxes lying down in the road, facing each other a couple of metres apart, screeching. Whether territorial or mating ritual, I don’t know… I haven’t seen one in the daytime though.

  • http://www.vickieflores.com Vickie Flo

    Great photo!

  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    good work Mark!

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