Worcestershire Beast revealed . . . ?


Saturday – 2 nd  July : Early yesterday morning whilst scanning the lagoon field from a vantage point high-up in Hoo Wood, I spotted a black animal lurking amongst the sorrel. Could this be the Worcestershire Beast? It was a black fox! Around 80% black, as far as I could tell through my binoculars, with a red chest: the rest black, apart from a white tip at the end of the tail. This fox is not a full-time resident of the north marsh; I would have seen it before now. Some of the foxes I see on the marsh are transient. Earlier in the year I photographed foxes with dark tinges to their coats, but it’s the common red variety that lives on the north marsh.

Buzzard Chick.

My camera images prove that the red foxes are working the north marsh day and night.

During Friday night, my remote camera snapped foxes and a badger, but not a black fox, in an area where I caught a side-way glance of the ‘so called’ Worcestershire Beast a week or two ago. I am not sure which animal I have wrongly tagged “The Worcestershire Beast,” or is it the Beast still out there? I think that the black fox is the most likely candidate, unless a further sighting or a photograph proves me wrong.

Cinnabar Caterpillar

I wonder if it was the white stripes each side of the badger’s eyes had anything to do with the flashing eyes I saw – it was very gloomy amongst those trees – but badgers have such small, beady eyes, and they don’t have long tails to swing about: foxes do! If I had seen a large black cat, it wouldn’t be sitting in the north marsh eating Kit-e-kat from a bowl, would it? No, it would be ripping the throats out of muntjacs, and I haven’t seen any evidence of this. There is a safari park close by and if a large cat had escaped from there, it would have been mentioned in the local rag. No, it has got to be the black fox. Everything points to the black fox, but I will keep my eyes peeled – just in case . . .

I’ve just looked at my fox photographs, from the beginning of the year until now, and I didn’t find one showing a fox with its tail in the air . . . ?

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4 Comments on “Worcestershire Beast revealed . . . ?

  1. Aha! Mystery solved, I think. Well spotted. Mind you, a black fox is unusual enough.

    Makes you wonder how many other mystery animal sightings would be solved with some diligent follow up…


  2. Indeed, it’s a bit of logical reasoning backed-up by a fortunate appearance by an old black fox – he is probably the father/grandfather of the part-black foxes that I see now and again – the old dog was probably out on a seed sowing expeditions the night before I spotted him. However, I am still on the lookout for a large cat, it’s paw prints, or some other evidence of a large cat visitation. On the whole, though, I don’t really expect to come face to face with a large black feline predator – at least not on Wilden Marsh. It just goes to show how interesting wildlife can be on one’s doorstep and what a fantastic resource wildlife reservations are.


  3. I live in the heart of the Breacon Beacons and I’m a mountain rescue team leader. We get reports of many strange sightings on the Beacons, including all sorts of large wild cats. Elvis has been seen climbing Peny Y Fan. The abominable snowman and his foot prints have been seen alongside one of the reservoirs and even polar bear have been known to put in an appearance now and agaim, I don’t know if it’s the lin air or over exhertion that causes people to see things that are not there, or at least not what they seem.


    • Yes, I have wonder what causes us to see thing that are not there; a vivid imagination, perhaps? When I am on the marsh in the dead of night, I sometimes find my imagination getting the better of me. The mash cattle can make really strange, creepy, sounds. Í am used to a lot of the marsh noises. It’s the brain that interprets what the eyes see
      and when you bring poor light and strange noises into the equation, perhaps the brain tries to realise its worse fears.


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