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Dora Nightingale

Filmmaker and activist Dora Nightingale protesting fox hunts

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Dora Nightingale

Dora Nightingale is an animal rights activist and filmmaker. Ever since two fox cubs chose her urban garden as their playground in the summer of 2016 she has been studying and filming foxes. Her first wildlife film Foxed tells the story of that magical summer when Dora first got foxed.

After these cubs dispersal Dora continued to monitor and film other foxes visiting in her garden and other locations on a daily basis, gaining a deep understanding of the foxes’ individual characters and social interactions. Dora realised how challenging and short the lives of urban foxes are and helped many ill and injured foxes whilst they remained wild and free. In 2019 she set up Fox Guardians to educate people about foxes and inspire more humans to treat foxes with compassion. She successfully ran campaigns to protect fox habitats ( and continues to speak up against fox hunting at anti hunt demos and in the press.

Dora cooperated with Professor Dawn Scott, the UK’s leading expert on foxes in creating the Myth-busting film series, busting the most common negative fox myths such as “foxes kill cats”.

Many of Dora’s fox films have gone viral online, racking up millions of views. Her footage has also been featured on TV, most recently on UK station Channel 5’s two part programme “Fantastic Foxes”.

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Dora’s life changed forever when a little fox cub visited my urban garden whilst I was watering the lawn. I thought this might have been a one-off fascinating close-up encounter, but later the cub returned and this time brought its siblings along, and together they explored, played and turned my garden into their playground. I soon became hooked on watching and filming them daily and it was a privilege to see them grow up into confident juvenile foxes in front of my eyes over four months. It was fascinating to see their distinct personalities shine through when they interacted, totally at ease in front of my camera.

I have been completely enchanted, or as some might say ‘foxed’, by these beautiful, clever and gentle creatures. Over five months I created a 25 minute documentary called “Foxed” out of 700 hours of mesmerizing rushes. This is the story of Freya, Faith and Me; an inter-species friendship that made me determined to look after these wild animals – that many consider “vermin” that they want to hunt, cull and kill. Foxes are under threat but my garden is their safe haven whenever they may choose to visit.

Fox Guardians' Dora Nightingale and fox friend

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Non-Profit That Dora has Created to Support Foxes

Fox Guardians

Fox Guardians is a charitable organization that promotes respect and compassion for foxes. Fox Guardians was founded and is run by animal rights activist and filmmaker Dora Nightingale. Dora creates beautiful and educational films about foxes to counter-balance the negative press these much-misunderstood animals get. Dora also monitors and supports vulnerable, ill or injured urban foxes and has saved many precious fox lives. Fox Guardians’ pro fox petitions and film footage has been featured internationally in print media, Television and online with many films going viral, reaching so far 200 million views.

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