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. On the last Saturday in March we were walking alongside the river Dee at Erbistock Water Mill, it was 9.30am, when an Otter swam towards us on the bank of the Mill Pool. Mainly active during the day, coastal otters generally have much smaller home ranges than their riverine counterparts, because of the abundance of … A family of river otters at night. Complain about this comment (Comment number 35). Complain about this comment (Comment number 11). Complain about this comment (Comment number 14). https://www.gov.uk/guidance/otters-protection-surveys-and-licences They may migrate as a result of food shortages or environmental conditions, but they do not migrate annually. Their dense, short under-fur is overlain by darker, coarse guard hairs that help repel water. These cookies do not store any personal information. There is evidence that in certain parts of the UK the otter is extending its range and may be increasing locally. Newborns are only about 12cm long but grow quickly and can swim at three months. Tammy Caldwel has over a decade of experience with almost every species that we have under our care. Daily activities focus on feeding and grooming, interspersed with rest periods. we live 2 miles north of north walsham norfolk, 8 miles from hickling norfolk were we have seen CRANES before. They have a thick padding of fat in the cheek area to prevent serious injury from any of their prey animals. ...not just because I read Wind in the Willows as a child...And now a cull? However, otter populations in England are very fragmented and the animals breed slowly. For the latest updates across BBC blogs, visit the Blogs homepage. What a moment! The otter (Lutra lutra) was lost from most of England and Wales between the 1950s and the 1970s because of pesticide pollution of waterways. ukactive challenges indoor group exercise ban as more regions enter Tier 3 restrictions in England. They tend to hunt more in the water than on land because it is easier for them to do so. Otters are highly adapted aquatic hunters, who are related to badger and pine marten, and are one of the most eagerly sought, yet elusive mammals in Scotland. Despite seeing plenty of otters, to my despair the only BADGERS I've ever seen in the UK (moved back 12 years ago) have been dead on the side of the road :( And I think badgers are fabulous creatures! Complain about this comment (Comment number 4). Clawless otters are mainly nocturnal, though some individuals may be active during the day in remote areas that are free of human disturbance. Through the research it has been revealed that coastal otters are active both day and night. 7: Never remove spraints (dung). 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. Otters have five claws so it’s easy to tell an otter footprint from most other animals. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. If you would like to share how you get on finding the otters or if you have any rare kind of wildlife in your area, I would love to hear from you. In order to address this problem we need to produce more education material, particularly for young people. Held every year during the last week in September, Sea Otter Awareness Week spotlights the important role of sea otters in nearshore ecosystems of the North Pacific Ocean. Read more. This also helps them to conserve energy. 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. 6: NEVER BAIT AREAS OR OTTERS. 13th Oct: about 10am we watched a pair of otters swim and play before coming ashore on seaweed and rocks for a few minutes to eat what looked like a crab. Any age: £75 + £25 per additional person (max. Otters like to hold hands. Sadly no picture as when it spotted me it spooked & swam under some reeds & was gone. Unwind and immerse yourself in the natural world this year – from spotting otters to kayaking with puffins and catching a glimpse of a minke whale, here is our pick of the UK's best wildlife watching holidays. COVID-19 News. They become much more nocturnal in the spring, summer, and fall seasons, and more diurnal during winter. Most otters live in dens — built by other animals, such as beavers — that are dug into the ground that have many channels and dry inner chambers. One of the most active feeding times is early morning as the sun rises and warms up insects, making it easier for insectivorous birds to forage. Otter babies are called pups. ukactive provides services and facilitates partnerships for a broad range of organisations, all of which support our vision and have a role to play in achieving that goal. This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. The Eurasian Otter is the only species of otter in the UK, occupying sea, rivers and lakes across the country. They tend to leave humans alone so they aren’t a threat if you happen to come upon one. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so. Yes we saw one in the river Fowl and it was fishing. hide from humans and go nocturnal. Yesterday 16th Nov 2010, 0830hrs, west bank of Friers Carse on the River Nith, I just left the Riding Stones fishing pool & was walking north when I saw an otter, easily 4' + (not a fishermans tale haha). 3 people) It is also when other wildlife is most active, and their behaviour may give away an otter’s presence. Their small heads widen to long necks and shoulders, and they have flattened, well-muscled tails. The exceptions are Antarctica and Australia. "What we want to know now is whether they are using it seasonally or whether the same otters are active on the coast all year. The invasive American mink also has five toes, but the pads are much narrower and the claws more pointed. A river otter’s diet consists largely of fish. 8: Stay aware. If an otter feels threatened, its heavy, muscular body and sharp claws are enough to overpower pets and small children. North American river otters, also called Canadian otters, have long, muscular, streamlined bodies with short legs and fully webbed feet bearing non-retractable claws. Coastal otters are sometimes called ‘sea otters’, but they are exactly the same species as the animals that live further inland. 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. Otters can live in most places where there is a rocky shoreline and nearby freshwater, but these tips collated by Joe Gibb – with the help of otter aficionado Roger Cottis – will help give you the greatest chance of spotting an otter in the wild. Otters occupy large home ranges – up to 40km along a river for a male otter but less than half that for a female. 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