Otter antics in River Kent

Otter antics in River Kent
Otters have returned to the River Kent. Photo: Amy Lewis

Otters have returned to the River Kent. Photo: Amy Lewis

Cumbria Wildlife Trust has welcomed the return of otters to Kendal town centre, with a mother and cubs delighting passers-by. Their playful antics in the River Kent have made them social media stars!

David Harpley, Conservation Manager at Cumbria Wildlife Trust says: “The recovery of the otter is a remarkable conservation success story, with the otter population in Cumbria expanding from a tiny number in the 1990s to the point today where there are otters in almost every suitable water body in the county.”

How has this growth in the Cumbrian otter population come about? According to Mr Harpley, the recovery is down to improvements in water quality and the phasing out of some of the more toxic industrial and agricultural chemicals. Happily, the same recovery is beginning to happen across Europe.

But Mr Harpley says we should make the most of the Kendal otters’ antics now: “This current phase of high activity won’t last as the young grow up and disperse to look for new territories. But with any luck an otter family will be gracing the Kent with their presence again next year.”

You can see the playful otters on the Cumbria Wildlife Trust Twitter feed @cumbriawildife. The Trust would love to see your sightings so make sure you tag them in if you tweet any otter clips and photos! #Otters #LoveWildlife

Otters are a heavily protected species because of past declines and it is an offence to disturb them. Find out more about otters here: www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/species/otter