It has taken a long time, and the journey has been perilous at times but finally, the otter has reappeared in every English county, and fought its way back from the brink of extinction. Conservationists were delighted to see otters on the banks of the rivers Medway and Eden in Kent building their holts, what made it extra special was that it had been predicted that they wouldn’t return to Kent for at least another decade.
The Environment Agency’s national conservation manager, Alastair Driver, said that the fact that there are once again otters in Kent the final piece has now been fitted into the jigsaw and the otter recovery in England is complete. He added that this was an outstanding result for all those who have been involved in otter conservation over the past few years.
Otters have even reappeared in places that they haven’t been seen in since the industrial revolution, such as Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol, and they have even been seen on the banks of the Thames and also the Lea in North London. A recent survey that was carried out on Lancashire’s river Ribble showed that there had been an increase of 44% in the otter population since 2008.