Faecal Finds: The Quest for Exmoor’s Otters

Exmoor volunteers Kate and Zoe go in search of poo.

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An iconic animal that teetered on the brink of disaster, instantly recognisable but rarely seen, and an indicator of the health of our rivers and streams. Yes, the Otter (Lutra lutra) is one of our celebrated success stories, a much loved mammal and a creature of great ecological importance. For these reasons they are one of the species that I am surveying as part of the National Trust West Exmoor wildlife monitoring project that I am heading up, and as part of the West Somerset Otter groups long standing surveying project with the assistance of Exmoor National Park. It’s all about partnerships people!

Otter by David Merrigan via Flickr Otter by David Merrigan via Flickr   

The story of the otter is well known; back in the 1950s and 60s our rivers were in a dire state, full of pesticides and chemicals. The wildlife took a serious beating and the otter noticeably so, they were driven…

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