Otter spotted at new Somerset wetlands
An elusive otter has been caught on camera at Steart in Somerset, where the largest new wetland nature reserve in the UK is being developed by the Environment Agency and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.
WWT Project Manager Tim McGrath worked with local residents to set the camera trap that took the photo after seeing otter prints in the soft mud on the banks of the stream. Local residents have also built an artificial otter holt [den] on the site, which is visible in the left of the photo.
Tim McGrath said: “Steart Marshes will be the largest new wetland in the UK, so it’s going to be absolute heaven for otters, which are surely one of the UK’s most exciting wetland mammals. It’s fantastic to have confirmation that they’re out there. Without using camera traps, it’s hard to know this how they’re using an area because they spend much of their time alone, only coming out at night and largely keeping to the water.”
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