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100 otters spotted on Pembrokeshire coast after appeal

An otter
DNA is being collected to determine any links between coastal and inland otters

More than 100 otters have been spotted on the Pembrokeshire coast following an appeal to record sightings.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA) asked people last year to report sightings, and a map and log book have been created.

Rangers want to hear about any sightings going back to their last coastal survey in 2002.

DNA is also being collected to examine any family links between coastal and inland otters.

The PCNPA teamed up with Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation officer Sue Burton and asked people in November 2013 to report sightings.

A log is being kept at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids until the end of the summer.

Since then, otters - which are nocturnal - have been spotted all round the coast and at some inland sites including Castell Henllys Iron Age Village.

National park ranger Ian Meopham said: "We are interested in any sightings going back to 2002, especially in the north east and south east ends of the Pembrokeshire coast, as we currently have few recorded sightings in these areas.

"We do rely heavily on sightings from the public so the more otter spotters, the better."

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