The exceptions are Antarctica and Australia. Otters are active hunters, chasing prey in the water or searching the beds of rivers, lakes or the seas. 5: Always stay downwind. Mink are voracious carnivores that punch well above their weight for their size and are probably responsible for the severely low numbers of Moorhen within Calderdale. Generally speaking mustelids are long-bodied, short-legged, thickly furred and tend to be active at night, which makes them elusive. Please tell us by commenting below. Single otters seen on a regular basis on the Usk & under the main bridge coming into Brecon in Wales.Mother & cubs seen at night & seemingly not at all worried by humans.They were reintroduced a number of years ago on the Honddu river a tributary of the Usk & appear to be thriving. Complain about this comment (Comment number 5). You can stay up to date with Nature UK via these feeds. I feel very privelidge to have seen them so often and so close in day time. Otters seek clean rivers, filled with food and overgrown banks where they can raise their cubs. recovery, most organisations involved in otter conservation preferred to rely on this rather than on re-introductions to restore otter populations in the UK. We also look at the key characteristics of the European otter, what they eat and the best places to see them. Scientists have discovered a 27 or 28 hour clock in beavers, who co-evolved with otters. They are they only known marine animals that don’t have blubber. Complain about this comment (Comment number 28), Today {28 06 10), at aroud 5pm my girl friend and i saw an otter runnig along the river bank ( River wear)at durham towards chester-le- street. The one sighting was on the River Teme in Ludlow (it had caught a fish and ate it rather noisily) and the other more surprisingly, or maybe not, was on the tidal part of the River Wharfe just north of Cawood in North Yorkshire. We lived for 20+ years on the banks of the River Severn just outside Welshpool (and sometimes in the river ......). Complain about this comment (Comment number 34). Found a dead dog otter on the A12 at Gt. During the bad weather when it was really snowy a group of 4 otters were regularly seen on the Wensum, actually in town right outside The Wensum Lodge Hotel!! Daily activities focus on feeding and grooming, interspersed with rest periods. I've seen otters in the River Teifi at Cardigan Town bridge and further up river in the Teifi Marshes Wildlife Centre 8 times over the last year. In recent years, the two biggest known barbel in Britain are believed to have been predated by otters – both from rivers, The Great Ouse and Ivel, where the mammals have only recently returned. Sea otters are generally diurnal. On a recent visit to Dumfries, 5th June, we were lucky to see an adult otter, in the River Nith, Dumfries Town Centre, at 16.40 hrs, fishing next to the weir.Otter seemed unafraid as small crowd gathered to watch, indeed it came within 10/20ft on riverside walk, caught 2 eels, stayed in area for 45 mins, managed to get several good photos, informed Council Wildlife Officer who states, received several reports recently of otters in this area. Their last release was of 17 otters on the "It's not physically possible for them to spread very quickly," said Yoxon. Contact Paul Wilkinson at enquiries.westmidlands@canalrivertrust.org.uk. Complain about this comment (Comment number 36). 4. Dawn and dusk are good times to watch for otters. We saw 4 otters on 14th January and 3 on 30th Jan this year, looked like a mother and her 2 cubs, on the River Avon near Bath. Aconite. Compulsory bans on the use of organochlorine pesticides coupled with a ban on otter hunting in the 1970s and improvements in otter habitat have enabled otter populations to recover in some areas. Strumpshaw RSPB in Norfolk often reveals otters during the day, including one I saw from around 3 yards away. One of our local fellows has lots of footage of them and has been collecting info for about 6 years. I swear he was GRINNING at the sound of my labrador going nuts in the house! The otter’s celebrated return to Britain’s rivers isn’t welcomed by everybody. The best time to see otters fishing is on a receding tide when most fish are forced to move; on shore, they turn over boulders and hunt in seaweed to find stranded blennies and the crabs that sustain them in winter. Timing Otters are at their most active at night, and will often emerge from their holts at dusk and fish until dawn, and that means an early start is required if you are to catch sight of one. Pups stay with their mothers for the first 8 months of life. The study has also revealed that only seven cubs have been born over a period of 18 years, which works out at 0.38 cubs per year. Their favourite habitats include wetlands, rivers and coastlines. The river otter is protected and insulated by a thick, water-repellent coat of fur. The otter (Lutra lutra) was lost from most of England and Wales between the 1950s and the 1970s because of pesticide pollution of waterways. I haven't seen an otter in daylight, but yesterday (Weds 2nd June) at 4.30pm my friend & I saw a MOLE crossing the A259 between Chichester & Bognor Regis (West Sussex). Like most wildlife, otters may be hostile when confronted. Mothers will continue to float on their backs, nurse their young and teach them to swim and hunt. And yet according to official data there are only about 10,000 in the whole of the UK - otters breed slowly and so recovery from any population loss is not rapid. Sea otters have 850,000 – 1,000,000 hairs per square inch, the thickest fur or any mammal. Complain about this comment (Comment number 8), Hi On the river stourLNR Bournemouth Dorset we have been seeing and taking their pictures for awhile now.The usual time we see them is when the river is abit higher then normal and the time of day has been about mid-morning & mid-afternoon.There are some pictures on the Stour Valley Supporters website.Great show CU, Complain about this comment (Comment number 9), I have seen three otters at leighton moss n r in the lakes lots of times this year. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Today, the species is flourishing across Scotland, and recovering well across the UK as waterways are cleaned up. Prior to the 1950s, these fish-devouring mammals were abundant in England. we have been seeing otters on the norfolk broads since 2002, all in daylight.winter and summer, most years we,ve seen in excess of 10 and some … Otters are very active carnivores. The International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) is one of the world's leading otter charities. All year round. It just shuffled across the road in front of our car in the traffic procession at the start of the rush hour here. River otters may be either diurnal or nocturnal; most are generally more active at night. The camera, positioned on the banks of the brook that leads into the River Trent, has recently captured numerous images of otter activity. Directions: 5 miles NE of Lancaster between Aughton and Caton. Even more amazing is that the best place to see them is right next to a busy DIY store and an area used by cyclists and walkers. We have a "pow" running through our garden and see otters regularly during the day (early morning and evening) and hear them at night. I know other locals who have seen them more frequently.Simon Morgan, Complain about this comment (Comment number 26). Look for track marks by the water’s edge and see if you can find any holts (otter dens) along the bank. Other sea lochs along Scotland's west coast are similarly rich in otters, which can be seen foraging for food on the water's edge. While otters completely disappeared from the rivers of most of central and southern England in just 50 years, their future now looks much brighter. The den itself will have an underwater entrance. Sea otters are the exception, giving birth in the water. The Norfolk’s Wildlife Trust runs electric boat trips every 45 minutes, departing at 10:45am, 12:15pm, 2pm and 3:30pm. They tend to hunt more in the water than on land because it is easier for them to do so. I suppose theres no obvious reason why they would not inhabit tidal stretches but this one seemed to be just splashing around and hauling itself onto a muddy piece of bank and then off again and then on etc. Both days were around 9.00 - 9.30 in the morning. hide from humans and go nocturnal. But, contrary to popular opinion, otters aren't just nocturnal. They are undoubtedly more common than current records suggest. It seems the otter is getting bolder. Otters close their nostrils when they are beneath the surface; this causes air to be forced from their coats, which leaves a trail of bubbles on the surface of the water. I haven't seen them during the day yet this year, though others have, but I have seen them at night and often hear them calling to each other. Top 5 Places to Spot Sea Otters. Wolseley Centre, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Mackenzie Crook on his new Worzel Gummidge for Christmas in the BBC Countryfile Magazine podcast, Britain’s best nature reserves for walks and wildlife, UK National Park guide: history, wildlife and best walking routes, Walk: Brandon Reach Nature Reserve, Warwickshire. Today, the species is flourishing across Scotland, and recovering well across the UK as waterways are cleaned up. This otter is found in coastal areas and on larger inland rivers … Otters are adapted to life on both land and in water. The revival of the otter (Lutra lutra) across Britain has been one of the great conservation successes of the past fifty years. This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. Please note: You must be 16 or over to comment on this blog. In some situations, high profile stretches of water have been affected. Size? Last spring they had 3 kits under the quay in Cardigan. Otters can transmit rabies to humans and pets. Otters have acute hearing and will hear you from a long way off. Our guide explores the history of the European otter in Britain, from the 1950s when the species was on the the brink of extinction to the still-rare yet widespread populations of the present day. Otter droppings, or spraints, are often used to mark territory. Jeremy Torrance web producer | 19:54 UK time, Tuesday, 1 June 2010. Watching Otters chase their prey is fun because they are so very active. Look out for muddy, semi-circular slides on the side of the river. Many commercial fisheries are man-made but fed by streams which otters may follow, and a heavily stocked lake is a perfect otter larder. Some fishery owners have installed fences around their lakes, but are powerless should an otter find its way inside. If you're a late owl or an early bird you might have caught the amazing live pictures of otters on We were also lucky to see a kingfisher at the same time swim up river and then up a small side stream opposite us. Keep an eye out around reedbeds too, where they often hunt. River otters may be either diurnal or nocturnal; most are generally more active at night. For the best chance of spotting an otter, head to Scotland, the west coast of Wales, East Anglia and South-West Endland. ...not just because I read Wind in the Willows as a child...And now a cull? Complain about this comment (Comment number 14). It was lucky my friend likes to keep a safe distance from the car in front or we wouldn't have seen it, & could possibly have squished it... We can't think why this secretive creature was out on such a blisteringly hot day, walking across a busy tarmac'd road - any ideas? Freshwater otters … Instead an adult otter came downstream and then came out of the water on a gravel spit no more than three metres away from me and paused before swimming downstream. Excellent and lithe swimmers, the young are in the water by 10 weeks of age. There are seven species of mustelid living in the wild in the UK, each varying widely in looks and behaviour. OTTERS FREQUENTLY SEEN AT HEAD OF L.SUNART-STRONTIAN - MOST RECENT ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON-WATCHED FOR 1/2 H GOT PICS FROM ABOUT 20 FT.- H. Complain about this comment (Comment number 3). Mink are, (unfortunately), very widespread along the Calder and Ryburn valleys, despite intensive efforts to remove them. Has any body else seen otters in this area, as we did not think you could get otters in our area.can any comfirm if sightings, Complain about this comment (Comment number 29). What about you eagled-eyed Springwatchers? Bubbles are also an indication of otter activity. Thanks! 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