Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Coastal otter sightings

Hi - I'm interested in any coastal otter sightings and will pass info to the Otter Consultancy and the County Mammal Recorder to enable information on these increasingly less (?) elusive creatures to contribute to our knowledge base. I get the impression that they are using the coast more than people realise; certainly studies that I have been involved in have shown them to be ubiquitous around the coast. I have been getting more daytime sightings this summer too. Perhaps our otters are starting to become less nocturnal and behave more like their counterparts in Scotland? I had one sighting from Broadhaven Beach (north) of an otter that wandered past a packed bank holiday beach load of people to enter the sea! And did you know that they visit the islands too? Yes - they cross Ramsey Sound!

I should add that my interest in otters comes mainly from my role as Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Officer. The site is part of a European network of protected areas, and the otter is listed as being important here. See http://www.pembrokeshiremarinesac.org.uk/english/special/otters_c.htm

2 comments:

  1. There was an otter print on Skomer in March 2007. Not sure if you are aware of this? Will keep our eyes pealed.

    Chris Taylor
    Skomer Warden

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  2. Thanks Chris. I know there have been sightings in the past, but we didn't find any spraint when we did our survey in 2008. If you ever find any please collect it and store it in a bag in the freezer. I'll send you a brief report on some spraint that has just been done for Ramsey very recently. Sue

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