It was the same old story: a friend rang me to ask if I would deal with a fox problem, as the smallholding next door had lost some chickens. My mate wanted the culprit brought to book post-haste as he feared the vulpine villain would soon turn its attention towards his own geese.
I had been asked to deal with a fox problem on a number of neighbouring smallholdings. The fox in question had lately favoured a small field containing an insecure run that held about 20 mixed breed chickens. Some of the bantams weren’t using the coop, preferring instead to run the gauntlet and roost in the thick hawthorn hedge. The pond next-door had also once held 14 geese, but the rogue fox had reduced this number to just one.