12 December 2014

Shorncote Area:   Lapwing 41, Stonechat 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Long tailed Tit 12, Gadwall 6 pairs, Skylark 7, Meadow Pipit 3, Goldfinch 40, Wigeon 31, Little Grebe 5, Large flock of Fieldfare and Redwing, Sparrowhawk 1   Keith Perkins

Reed Hide:   Belated news of a Bittern seen from the Reed Hide on the 30th November.    Darren Tonge.

Also a dead adult female Otter on Spine Road between lakes 10 and 14. 

Dead Otter Sightings

As Otters recolonise their natural habitat along the Upper Thames, we are starting to see an increase in the number killed on our roads.  Whilst it is always sad to see a recovering native species affected in this way, it is probably a good indication of a healthy and growing population, with their inevitable movement around the CWP looking for feeding, breeding and sheltering opportunities.  The public can be a big help to this species by reporting any dead Otters (as well as live ones!) so that we can collect the carcasses.  These carcasses are sent by the CWP Trust to the Cardiff University Otter Project (www.otterproject.cf.ac.uk) where they are subject to post mortem examination.  The project is studying the spread of aquatic contaminants which collect in the tissue of the Otter, as well as monitoring their causes of death.  These data also help the Environment Agency in consulting on road mitigation schemes for wildlife; identifying hotspots for road kill.

Please report any Otter deaths to me at the Cotswold Water Park Trust as soon as you spot them.     Ben Welbourn

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