An otter was spotted crossing the road near Ram Hill in Coalpit Heath.

Otters are making a comeback in England and it is really exciting to hear that they are present in our local area.

The Frome Valley River is being used by otters to get from place to place. Keep and eye out for signs of otters if you are taking a walk by the river.The easiest way to identify signs of otter is through their scat (aka, poo!). Their scat is black in colour and usually has visible small bones in it from the fish and small animals they have eaten. If you are brave enough to get up close an personal, you can also ID otter scat from the smell – it actually has a mild musky smell that some say smells of jasmine tea!

If you see any otters or signs of them, please get in touch so we can share it on Nature Notes!

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