This morning local naturalist Diane Freeman enjoyed excellent views of two Otters on the River Welland at Market Harborough which is just over the county boundary in Leicestershire. Last winter there were regular sightings of Otters utilising the river here and it seems that there have been regular reports this winter too (as reported recently in the Harborough Mail).
Today two animals spent about an hour in the area under and around the bridge that carries the Northampton Road (A508) over the river, and one caught and ate a fish in full view of observers. Both animals then swam along the river and headed off towards the back of Sainsburys. At least one Kingfisher was fishing the river too.
Although Otters are believed to be relatively widespread these days, locally they are still very difficult to see and appreciate. I know that Diane was delighted with her observations today and this location appears to represent the best opportunity locally to see these normally shy and retiring creatures.
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