otter caught on camera near Burnham-On-Sea
elusive otter has been caught on camera near Burnham-On-Sea by
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust has worked with residents at Steart,
opposite Burnham, to set up the camera trap that took the photo
after seeing otter prints in the soft mud on the banks of the
residents have also built an artificial otter holt on the site,
which is visible in the left of the photo above.
largest new wetland nature reserve in the UK is currently being
developed at Steart by the Environment Agency and the Wildfowl
& Wetlands Trust, as featured here.
Marshes will be the largest new wetland in the UK, so its
going to be absolute heaven for otters, which are surely one of
the UKs most exciting wetland mammals," said the trust's
fantastic to have confirmation that theyre out there. Without
using camera traps, its hard to know this how theyre
using an area because they spend much of their time alone, only
coming out at night and largely keeping to the water."
Eurasian otters declined sharply due to pesticide use in the UK
between the 1950s and 70s and the disappeared from most of England.
those chemicals were withdrawn from use, they have started to
spread out across rivers and wetlands and increased in numbers.