Stephen Harris

Carrion in the British countryside – is it a conservation problem?

The availability of carrion influences a range of ecological processes, and human activities have led to an abundance of carrion in the countryside. Stephen Harris discusses how this affects the number and distribution of scavengers, the impact of scavengers on other species, and the risk of diseases spreading within and between species.    While there are

Time to stop vilifying the urban Fox

The urban Fox has a bad reputation. Many of us are familiar with the myths and misinformation surrounding this species, such as its apparent boldness or inclination to attack pets. Using a clear understanding of their ecology and behaviour, Stephen Harris rebuts these myths and discusses our coexistence with the urban Fox. When I started studying

The value of gardens for wildlife – lessons from mammals and herpetofauna

There has been a dramatic expansion of wildlife gardening over the last 15 years, stimulated in no small part by the publication of Chris Baines' book How to make a wildlife garden (1985). In the revised edition, Baines (2000) writes that 'There is no doubt that gardening with wildlife makes a positive difference. Certainly it helps

Bristol’s Foxes – 40 years of change

The Red Fox Vulpes vulpes has the widest geographical distribution of any terrestrial carnivore and is found throughout the northern hemisphere, as well as in Australia, where it was introduced for hunting. It occupies a diverse array of habitats ranging from arctic tundra to deserts. During the last century, Foxes also colonised many towns and cities,

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