Fox and Leveret

Red Fox In Rapeseed

June is the season for leverets. March may be the famous month for seeing the “mad March hares” boxing in courtship, but hares live in the arable fields surrounding the Ridgeway all year round. They raise their young in late spring into early summer.

During the day hares hunker down into their “forms”. Dawn and dusk are perfect times to watch them. One evening shortly before dusk I was crouched in a rapeseed field margin watching a young leveret. All of a sudden it reared up on its hindlegs, sniffed the air and dived off into the rapeseed crop.

A few moments later out of the bushes trotted a large dog fox. He paused just a brief moment, his head turned towards me. We exchanged looks, acknowledging each other’s presence, then he moved calmly onwards, following the scent of the leveret. On the way home I spotted a fresh trail of pigeon feathers, I like to think the leveret lived to fight another day…

Dog fox crossing field margin
Dog fox crossing field margin
Leveret on hind legs in rapeseed
Leveret on hind legs in rapeseed
Photos Of The Month June 2011 – Fox and Leveret in Rapeseed Field Margin
Taken: The Ridgeway, Oxfordshire