Yesterday (13th June), an item was posted on the Welwyn Hatfield Times web-site titled ‘Potters Bar fox family stars of BBC’s Springwatch’.
‘… AN unusually large family, with two mums, one dad and 11 youngsters, have become the stars of a hit BBC reality show …
Since moving to their home in The Causeway in February, the Alt family have been sharing their back garden with a huge pack of foxes, who have settled beneath a summer house.
Now the foxes’ antics have even made national television, after being captured on film for the BBC’s live nature show Springwatch.
Mum Mandy Alt, who lives with husband Thomas and their five children – Natalie, 15, Oliver, 14, Amelia, 12, Jack, nine, and two-year-old Kayleigh – said: “We moved to the house in February, and the foxes appeared in March/April time.
“We’ve got a big summer house at the end of our garden and they’ve dug three huge burrows underneath it.
“There’s been a male who went up to the burrow and all the cubs greeted him and knew him, which was unusual. He didn’t go in the burrow though. No one knows the real story.”
Springwatch host Chris Packham has since deduced that the two vixens are the mothers of several cubs each, with the visiting dog fox the father to all of them.
This year’s season of Springwatch concludes tomorrow (Thursday) and it is hoped the foxes’ story will be included in the final programme.
Asked about letting the cameras in to her home, Mandy said: “We’re really enjoying it.
“Oliver has done lots of filming for Springwatch and some of it has appeared on the show. We’ve had a real education from it.”
A spokesman for the BBC said: “Springwatch aims to hook viewers with the very best wildlife stories live or recorded as they happen.
“This is nature in the raw, with the foxes in Potters Bar doing really well.”
Springwatch is on BBC2 at 8pm today (Wednesday) and tomorrow …’
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