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Otter Landings Installed on Welland

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This one should go down well with river anglers in Lincolnshire...


Source: Environment Agency


Otters on the River Welland have quite literally been thrown a lifeline by the Environment Agency, who have installed eight specially-designed landing points for the animals along a 800-metre section of the river in Spalding.


The move follows an incident last summer in which a young otter cub was seen struggling to hang onto a chain link fence in a bid to get out of the channel, which is sheet-piled on both sides.


Nikki Loveday, of the Environment Agency’s Fisheries and Biodiversity Team, said:

“The otters were hanging onto the fence that is attached to the piling in an attempt to climb into a highways outfall pipe some 1.5 metres above the water. Luckily, our operations guys heard one of the otters crying and lowered a pallet into the water for the otters to climb onto. After regaining their strength, the otters got back into the water and swam off.”


As a result of the incident - the first time otters had been spotted on the section of the Welland through the centre of Spalding - permanent refuge platforms have now been installed.


The refuge platforms are made up of one-metre square plastic pontoons which can be filled with ballast to determine how high or low they sit in the water. The pontoons, which were installed earlier this month, have been fixed to the existing sheet piles to allow otters to climb out of the water to rest.


Nikki said:

“The presence of otters is a sign that water quality in this section of the River Welland has improved. The new pontoons will make sure that otters are able to find somewhere to rest along this section of the river and will hopefully reduce the risk of incidents like the one we saw last summer which could have caused the otter cub to drown happening again.”







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Comments (4 posted):

bennygesserit on 12/09/2013 15:51:56
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This one should go down well with river anglers in Lincolnshire... was the opening line of this article , bit trollish ? do you think ?
Paul Boote on 12/09/2013 15:59:07
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They'll be demanding marinas each with a bar staffed by Polish super-beauties next.... "Olga, my dear. Another four plates of your lovely Carp Crisps, if you don't mind..."
MarkTheSpark on 13/09/2013 09:06:57
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They'll be demanding marinas each with a bar staffed by Polish super-beauties next.... "Olga, my dear. Another four plates of your lovely Carp Crisps, if you don't mind..." You know, Paul, you are weird. In a very nice way, though...
Paul Boote on 13/09/2013 10:10:36
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I would very much hope so, Mark - the result of having a keen, wide-ranging, multi-connected and -connecting mind with an, at times, off-beat, surreal in the real sense, take on things: out of such surrealism can come real perspectives on what's actually going down, see lights shone on and into the murk of the official "truths" some try and sell us. By the way, the otters tell me "No more of those Scopex Barbel Crisps, mate. Tell 'em to feed them something natural. Less salt, too.".


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