How to Stop Foxes Digging Under a Fence

Below you will find a step-by-step guide on how to stop foxes digging under a fence using different methods. 


  • Experience Required: Medium
  • Tools Required: Protective gloves, Wire cutter, Tape measure, Spirit level, Hammer, Spade
  • Materials Required: Fox proof fencing, Staples or Cable ties, Pegs, Cement (optional)

Method A – Step 1) Measure Your Location


  • Use a tape measure to determine the length and height of the installation space, taking into account the 50cm depth and 30cm width of the buried mesh. 
  • This will assist in calculating the necessary amount of wire mesh required.


Method A – Step 2) Dig a Trench


  • A trench should be dug parallel to the fence, with a depth of 50cm and a width of approximately 30cm.
  • This measurement is important as foxes are known for their ability to dig deep into the ground.


Method A – Step 3) Cut Down Mesh (if applicable)


  • To cut the mesh to the appropriate size, use wire cutters along the marked line. 
  • Make sure to leave enough overlap at corners and edges for a tight and secure fit.


Method A – Step 4) Cover the L-shape with Mesh


  • To stop foxes from burrowing under the mesh, make sure to bury the mesh deep into the ground and bend it outwards at a 90-degree angle.


Method A – Step 5) Join Mesh Together


  • While securing the wire mesh to the current fence, make sure to use cable ties placed no more than 15cm apart.


Method A – Step 6) Secure Fence to Ground


  • Secure the flap to the ground by pegging it down at a 90-degree angle, making sure to place the pegs at the outer edge of the lip. 
  • Repeat this every 60cm.


Method A – Step 7) Cover the Trench


  • Take the soil you excavated earlier and use it to cover the trench, making sure to keep the mesh inside.
  • This step is crucial in the process of how to stop foxes digging under a fence.


Method B – Step 1) Measure Your Area


  • Measure the length and height of the installation area using a tape measure, taking into account the buried mesh in the 50cm depth and 30cm width trench.
  • This will help in calculating how much wire mesh is needed for the project.


Method B – Step 2) Dig a Trench

  • Dig a trench next to the fence, making sure it is at least 50cm deep and approximately 30cm wide.
  • This depth is necessary as foxes are skilled diggers.


Method B – Step 3) Cut Down Mesh (if applicable)


  • Use wire cutters to cut the mesh to the desired dimensions along the measured line. 
  • Be sure to leave enough overlap at corners and edges to ensure a secure fit.


Method B – Step 4) Cover the L-shaped Area


  • To stop foxes from digging under the mesh, secure the mesh by burying it in a trench and bending it outwards at a 90-degree angle.


Method B – Step 5) Attach to Wood


  • Place staples no more than 15cm apart and hammer them into the bottom of the mesh to secure it.


Method B – Step 6) Secure Mesh to the Ground


  • Fasten the mesh to the ground using pegs, repeating this every 60cm
  • Make sure the mesh is stretched tightly and doesn’t have any wrinkles or creases.


Method B – Step 7) Fill the Dug Trench


  • Take the excess soil from earlier and use it to fill the trench.
  • Make sure to cover the mesh that was placed inside.
  • For a more secure finish, fill the trench with cement.



  • Foxes are skilled climbers, so it’s important to have a fence that is at least 1.5m high with a 45 degree overhang at the top to prevent them from getting in.
  • A minimum of 2mm (up to 14g.) sturdy wire mesh is required, as they are adept chewers. Chicken wire or plastic mesh are unsuitable for this purpose.
  • Use multiple layers of mesh.
  • Build a secure enclosure for small animals such as chickens or rabbits.


Dos & Don’ts

  • Keep outdoor spaces clean and tidy, and make sure bin lids are closed or covered.
  • Use fox repellent sprays or natural deterrents like white vinegar, chili peppers, and garlic.
  • Don’t leave objects in the garden for animals to play with.
  • Do not leave excess fruit and vegetables on plants.






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Timi K

Timi K. is an illustrator and a genuine animal lover, and she couldn't hide it if she tried: she likes to offer fencing solutions especially for animal and pet related issues.

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