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Dora Nightingale

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raised of £3,000 target by 55 supporters

Weʼre raising £3,000 to to buy fox monitoring equipment, food and mange treatments

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I adore foxes because they are beautiful, intelligent and caring animals that undeservedly get bad press. It is my mission to help as many foxes as I can

Ever since I got "foxed" eight years ago by two juvenile foxes that turned my urban garden into their playground, I have been proud to be a voice for foxes. My fox films give us precious insights into the secret lives of this much-maligned species. I set up Fox Guardians as a hub of information and advice on urban foxes. I work full-time for foxes on a voluntary basis.

I happily give all my time to foxes but I also urgently need funds to continue my voluntary work. With your kind help I can save more precious fox lives.

Over the last few weeks four of my motion-activated camera traps that I use to monitor vulnerable foxes 24/7 have broken down. All of these cameras are now out of warranty and can’t be repaired. Sadly, I don’t have the means to replace this expensive but crucial equipment.

In the past the cameras were used to make sure a fox family was safe during a big building project that happened near a fox den. My documentary “Ophelia’s Secret Garden” showed how urban development can be sympathetic to wildlife.

Most recently I used a trail camera to monitor tiny fox cubs that seemed to have been abandoned by mum and the footage recorded was vital as it showed, mum was still nursing the cubs and eventually carried them off to her new den. The footage captured by these cameras gives us precious insights into the secret lives of foxes and their complex social interactions without disturbing them.

For the last 2 years I have been supporting a fox family at a local re-wildered cemetery. I recently successfully treated some of the adult fox family members for mange and other illnesses. Hazel, a juvenile fox boy was very ill as the irritation mange was causing lead him to self-harm. The camera trap footage was a vital tool as it allowed me to take a closer look at his self-inflicted wounds and helped me to decide if he needed trapping or could be treated in the wild. It was challenging to treat him in the wild but eventually he made a full recovery without having to experience the trauma of being trapped.

I am proud to play a part in ensuring the local fox dynasty will continue to not only survive but thrive.

Recently cubs have been born at the cemetery and I want to keep an eye on them, so I can make sure I can act quickly, should a cub get ill or injured. The cemetery is a very big site I usually monitor with 5 cameras to cover all the multitude of dens and routes used by the foxes. I now only have one working camera in situ which is not sufficient for monitoring the fox family of ten foxes.

I need to raise a big amount fast, so I can replace the broken monitoring equipment quickly and can keep the recently born cubs safe.

One camera including all parts (rechargeable batteries and memory cards) costs £300, so to replace the 4 broken cameras will cost £1200.

I am also raising funds for live-saving mange treatments. One mange treatment that cures mange in one dosage and keeps a fox mange-free for 3 months costs £35. Sometimes multiple family members suffer from mange and they all need treating, so I go through a lot of treatments.

Last but not least, your donations will buy fox food. I currently support 20 foxes by supplementary feeding and spend at least £50 every week on fox food. That is a staggering £2600 per year.

I know that feeding wild foxes is controversial, however I have been advised that by many vets that supplementary feeding helps to keep a fox’s immune system strong and can protect them from parasites such as mites that cause mange.

To have a feeding pattern in place guarantees that a fox can be treated or trapped quickly should they fall ill as food is used as a carrier for the treatment or bait inside a trap. If I had not fed Hazel, I could have not treated him and ultimately saved his life.

The £3000 I hope to raise with your help, would pay for 4 trail cameras, 6 months of fox food as well as 15 mange treatments. If I manage to raise more funds, I would invest in more monitoring equipment as well as buy more live-saving mange treatments and fox food.

I understand these are such difficult times and most of us have not much (if any) disposable income left to use towards a supporting a cause that aligns with our ethics.

If my work resonates with you and you are in a position to give, please donate today. Every £1 literally counts.

You can also support my work by sharing this campaign, commenting on it as well as following Fox Guardians on social media.

Together we can make the world a better place for wildlife!

Thank you so much for your kindness.

Dora & the foxes X

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  • Dora Nightingale10 days ago
    Dora Nightingale

    Dora Nightingale

    10 days ago

    Hurrah, all cameras have been replaced and are now set up at the cemetery just in time with the cubs actively exploring the areas beyond the den. This footage shows the excitement at the den when dad returns home - the cubs and elder siblings are overjoyed to see him and a play of foxy tag commences. This footage was filmed with a camera bought from your kind donations. The wide perspective enables me to see where the foxes travel and how they are moving. It is wonderful to see all foxes are thriving right now, thanks to supplementary feeding.

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  • Dora Nightingale23 days ago
    Dora Nightingale

    Dora Nightingale

    23 days ago

    Hurrah, 54% of the target has now been raised thanks to your kind donations. The first trail camera replacement just arrived and will be set up at the cemetery to monitor the resident family from a wider angle. The other cameras have been ordered. All money that is donated now goes towards fox food and mange medication. I hope to raise enough to pay for fox food until September when some of the cubs I support may disperse. I also keep my fingers crossed that more donations come in so I can purchase 15 mange treatments. Please keep sharing. X

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  • Dora Nightingale1 month ago
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    Dora Nightingale

    1 month ago

    Yay, almost halfway 46% raised!!! You are AMAZING :) Fantastic news: your kind donations will enable me to replace the 4 broken trail cameras, so I can continue to monitor the cemetery foxes. Any donations that come in now will be spent on fox food and mange medication.Please keep sharing this fundraiser as I still have a long way to go to raise the funds desperately needed to continue my work for foxes.Together we can rally round the foxes and make their wild and free lives a little better.I can't do this without you.Thank you for caring. X

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Page last updated on: 5/17/2024 11.55

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55

  • Val Sygrove

    Val Sygrove

    May 17, 2024

    Love what you do Dora. I wish there were a lot more people in the world like you. It would be a much better place.

    £15.00

  • Liniecat

    Liniecat

    May 17, 2024

    Thank you for what you do

    £50.00

  • Malcolm Pearce

    Malcolm Pearce

    May 16, 2024

    Look after our foxes

    £5.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 13, 2024

    Good luck and thank you

  • Franklin

    Franklin

    May 12, 2024

    £50.00

  • Sue Parham

    Sue Parham

    May 3, 2024

    £25.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 1, 2024

    Thanks for the great work you do 👍

    £10.00

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Dora Nightingale

Dora Nightingale

Dora is a filmmaker & wildlife advocate. Dora's mission is to help vulnerable urban foxes & to educate people about this much- misunderstood species. Dora set up Fox Guardians as an information hub on foxes.Her fox films have reached millions and her work has been featured on TV.

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