FOX BIELDS

 

A meansof controlling foxs on the fells rather than by hunting was to trap them in a stone enclosure and then kill them.

 

These enclosures were usually built in areas of stoney ground in which foxes would hide and form dens. They consisted of a circular dry stone wall high enough so the fox could not jump out and to prevent this it was usually sloped to overhang on the inside. A suitable biat was put in the structure which would appear traditionally to have been a dead goose.

 

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This fox trap has subsequently been converted to a sheep fold.

 

 

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 This square stone structure on Seat Arthur anbove Grasmere has no obvious entrance. Bill Birkett lists it as a fox trap (Cumbria Living ) but it does seem to low inside to work.

 

 

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Fox bield beside Rake Beck below Great Bourne NY11833 15998.

 

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Looking down on the fox bield and the sheep fold below.