Otters Return to England’s Rivers

A UK Environment Agency survey reports that nationwide the amount of otters is growing after having feared total extinction in the 70s.

The comeback of the wildly living gnawers that has for example been witnessed in Shropshire, is indicated by an increasing numbers of dead otters nearby bigger roads.

An otter survey that investigated 3,327 rivers in England according to their otter population between July 2009 and March 2010, documents the ten-fold increase of otter occurrence within 30 years.

The Wildlife Trust in Englands West Midlands reported on eight dead animals near country roads every year. As otter populations currently maintain in good health conditions, the road deaths can be outbalanced.

Improvements of the water quality in UK rivers and the reduction of harming pesticide pollution guarantees an uprising of the otter population in Britain. Manager of the Wildlife Trust, Ms. McKelvey, happily declares: "There's a big push from Europe to improve our water quality and really raise the bar, so it can only get better".

The comeback of the otter proceeds different within the country. East Anglia and the River Thames are documented to demonstrate the highest increase whereas rivers in the South East cannot yet report the comeback of the otter. Future assumptions predict their return within the next decade.