The fox can be found throughout Europe. In Northern Ireland it can found in a wide variety of habitats including moorland, woodland, farmland, and other urban/suburban areas.
Foxes are mainly active at night and during the daytime in urban areas they lie in thick cover such as alongside railway lines, in parks, cemeteries, on derelict land or in overgrown gardens.
They may go to ground in earths or dens. Earths may be specially dug, or they may use dens under sheds or other buildings.