The best time to see otters is either at dawn or dusk. In a world where so many issues become polarized, this is a landmark victory for common sense. It's a place for us - and you - to talk about the UK's wonderful riches of nature right across the year. Which is why we're seeing them more and more during the day. There are seven species of mustelid living in the wild in the UK, each varying widely in looks and behaviour. 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 13). They sometimes eat fruit, but avoid carrion. Complain about this comment (Comment number 20). 8: Stay aware. Otters are one of the UK’s best conservation success stories of recent years. Complain about this comment (Comment number 25), I live in Tintern and we have otters in the River Wye. (A pow in Dumfries & Galloway is a sort of tidal burn - ours runs into the River Nith.) The climate and rocky shores along Monterey County's coastline are ideal for these critters and the bountiful kelp forests are full of all of their favorite snacks. 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. Spot an otter . Complain about this comment (Comment number 6). Once caught, the otter will be released immediately outside the fishery boundary causing the animal minimal distress and allowing it to remain on familiar or established territory. They have been heard early last week at at midnight, so hopefully we may get to see them again soon.Video footage and a couple of still shots were taken and can bee seen on flickr. Read more. BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. The otter (Lutra lutra) was lost from most of England and Wales between the 1950s and the 1970s because of pesticide pollution of waterways. Most species live beside water, but river otters usually enter it only to hunt or travel, otherwise spending much of their time on land to prevent their fur becoming waterlogged. ...not just because I read Wind in the Willows as a child...And now a cull? If you're a late owl or an early bird you might have caught the amazing live pictures of otters on Usually, a single baby (called a pup) is produced following 4 to 5 months of pregnancy. We have a "pow" running through our garden and see otters regularly during the day (early morning and evening) and hear them at night. Giant otters are strictly diurnal. Please note: You must be 16 or over to comment on this blog. Some fishery owners have installed fences around their lakes, but are powerless should an otter find its way inside. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Mothers will continue to float on their backs, nurse their young and teach them to swim and hunt. Isle of Mull. Here is a topic about which otters have taught me precious little. Look for track marks by the water’s edge and see if you can find any holts (otter dens) along the bank. The 11 species often referred to as river otters are found throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia in freshwater ecosystems that sustain an abundance of prey such as fish, crayfish, crabs, mussels, and frogs.Most river otters are opportunistic, feeding on whatever is most easily obtained. They have their fur instead to keep them warm. 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. Grid ref: SK 024 202. If you are trying to spot otters while out on a hike around the Potomac, your best chance is at sunrise or sunset. It seems the otter is getting bolder. One of our local fellows has lots of footage of them and has been collecting info for about 6 years. You can unsubscribe at any time. If you aren't sure what RSS is you'll find our beginner's guide to RSS useful. Regularly see them during walks with the dogs (!) Excellent and lithe swimmers, the young are in the water by 10 weeks of age. Complain about this comment (Comment number 19). Otters love to sunbath during the day and they are very active at night. This otter is found in coastal areas and on larger inland rivers … Complain about this comment (Comment number 12). There is evidence that in certain parts of the UK the otter is extending its range and may be increasing locally. This makes the otters noticeable from a distance. After all, a healthy ecology should support both predator and prey. She also has 2 well grown cubs at the moment.lutleybirder.blogspot.com, Complain about this comment (Comment number 2). In the heart of Exeter City Centre, this urban location provides an easily accessible place to spot an otter. Prior to the 1950s, these fish-devouring mammals were abundant in England. If there is one furry animal that Monterey Bay is most known for it is the sea otter. However, otter populations in England are very fragmented and the animals breed slowly. Most otter species come ashore to give birth in dens, which sometimes have been used by other animals such as beavers. This isn’t good news for everybody however. When in the water, otters swim very flat on the water’s surface, becoming increasingly visible when they dive, as their tail becomes arched above the surface. Today, the species is flourishing across Scotland, and recovering well across the UK as waterways are cleaned up. 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). Diet often varies seasonally or locally, depending on which prey is available. For as long as anglers and conservationists can work together and remain proactive, the otter can be a welcome and integral part of our aquatic environment. Me and my wife watced a otter for about 50mins the other day in the river wear at south hylton ,remarkably it did not seem to be bothered by our presence as it was only about 15 yards away and looked up at us on sevaral occasions as it went in and out the river to catch fish , this all took place at 6.00pm in broad day light what a first look at a wild otter !!!!!! Sea otters are unique in the otter family as the only species to give birth in the water. What a moment! Sign in to manage your newsletter preferences. Yes we saw one in the river Fowl and it was fishing. While visiting Bodenham Lake (SO525515 28/02/10), my sister and I were treated to a mother and her two cubs walking/ swimming past the hide.It was about 10.30am and they had been annoying the ducks while skirting the edge of the lake, it felt like such a privilege to see them so close to the hide. 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