Sneak peek of Springwatch Guide to Otters: Thursday 8pm BBC2

Wednesday 19 December 2012, 18:09

Paul Deane Paul Deane Web Producer

The Springwatch team are joined by fieldcraft experts Simon King and Charlie Hamilton James for an in-depth view of one of the UK's most charismatic yet enigmatic animals - the otter.

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On a calm day in the Shetlands Isles, Simon King finds an otter hunting in clear water.

Living not only along our rivers but also at the coast, otters have remarkable adaptations to a life both in and out of water. The team bring you the very latest scientific discoveries as well as a review of the turbulent history of the otter in the UK. It looks like the otter is making a steady comeback around the country but not everybody agrees this is good news.

And there's more clips from Springwatch Guide Otters.

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    Comment number 1.

    Otters are a delightful sight on when quietly fishing on R Ure, and appear to have displaced the INNS (Invasive Non-Native Species) Mink, but Chub Barbel Grayling Trout & threatened Migratory Species Salmon Sea Trout are becoming rarer. Over several seasons now this is evident.
    It may not be just otter predation as there are large numbers of Cormorant and Goosanders also present, not to mention the INNS Signal Crayfish gobbling up fish eggs.
    Similar conditions apply on R Tees.
    So good luck to the Otters, but have regard for all other native species as well.

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    Comment number 2.

    for your information county fermanagh in northern ireland has a very large population of pine martens

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    Comment number 3.

    That polecat you showed a few minutes ago was only a ferret I'm afraid. Polecats are much darker, although there are hybrid polecat X ferrets they are not as dark as real polecats.

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    Comment number 4.

    Loving the otter programme, I thought his comments that river otters come out at night interesting as I have seen a lot of otters at various locations in Moray and while kayaking the river Spey I have had several very close encounters where the otters have come to the boat for a 'nosey', and all these encounters have been very much during the day.

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    Comment number 5.

    I live in Somerset and a few miles from where Otters can be seen, we also have them on the river where i live. I think blaming them for eating fish isn't fair as there are other predators as others have mentioned but at least they eat the fish unlike most anglers who just like to catch fish for sport and not for food. We should let them get on with it as before long we will have no wild animals left due to the hunting of foxes and the culling of badgers.

 

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