I’m up on the River Avon visiting my friend Tots. Tots has his eye on a lady otter upstream so he’s been practising his fishing skills in an attempt to woo her.
Whilst I usually enjoy a good swim, it’s a bit cold this time of year and fearing the local pike might see me as a tasty snack, I decided to set myself safely on the surface in my trusty kayak, with a thermos of tea and some hot buttered crumpets. Unbeknown to Tots, whilst he was busy below surface, I paddled off with a package of cod fish fingers tied with a ribbon and a note wishing lady otter well.
Since my return Tots has written to tell me he’s been invited for tea next Wednesday, he thinks the sudden invitation is a sign that lady otter is impressed by his fishing prowess. He could be right!
Hope this postcard finds you well!
Otter numbers dropped dramatically in the UK between the 1950’s and 1970’s due to persecution through hunting and pesticides washing into our river systems. Fearing the worst, steps were taken to bring this beautiful and much loved aquatic acrobat back to our waterways. In 1978 otter hunting was banned and along with the withdrawal of organochlorine chemicals, a concerted effort to clean up our waterways and a reduction in the volume of water taken from rivers by industry, the otter again began to thrive. In 2011 otters were spotted in Kent which signalled their return to every county in Britain.
Have you ever spotted an otter whilst out on a waterways walk? Morris would love to hear of any encounters, so please feel free to hit the comments box.
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