Otters in England are almost a different species to those that frequent the isles and coasts of Scotland. Though still technically the same species (Lutra lutra) . The otters that frequent rivers and lakes further south seem to be larger, perhaps due to the different climate and diet. Here in Oxfordshire I have been lucky enough to discover and spend time with this confiding family of otters . Through the late winter and early spring of 2021 they have had a tough time with threats from anglers, frequent close encounters with dogs off feads and the cubs having to learn how to survive with ice covering much of their hunting area. This year we are all having to adapt to difficult circumstances and the otters seem to be thriving! Perhaps we can all learn something from these intelligent and adaptable creatures!
..On the thin ice of modern life!
Ice covering their fishing pond caused a few issues for the cubs!
Laid up on their 'couch' otters need time to relax and groom out of the water.
Hauled out grooming in spring sunshine
The cubs prefer to short cut across the surface rather than swim below the ice.