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CaRT put out a notice yesterday saying contractors will be erecting a fence around Napton reservoir to “protect small wildlife from otters”

Otters?

At Napton??

Anyone seen any???

 

(And I’m looking across said reservoir as I type this)

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We have had exactly the same thing here on the Nene, Colditz style wire fencing stretching along the river bank and around the fishing lakes.

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30 minutes ago, Victor Vectis said:

CaRT put out a notice yesterday saying contractors will be erecting a fence around Napton reservoir to “protect small wildlife from otters”

Otters?

At Napton??

Anyone seen any???

 

(And I’m looking across said reservoir as I type this)

 

This is nuts. Are otters not 'small wildlife' themselves?

 

There are otter spraints all over the southern system, suggesting otters are widespread. Lets hope CRT have no idea about this or we'll be getting fences EVERYWHERE. 

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5 minutes ago, Mike the Boilerman said:

 

 

 

There are otter spraints all over the southern system, suggesting otters are widespread. Lets hope CRT have no idea about this or we'll be getting fences EVERYWHERE. 

Have CaRT got any idea about anything?      

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9 minutes ago, Mike the Boilerman said:

 

This is nuts. Are otters not 'small wildlife' themselves?

It surprised me too. I had thought for years that otters were the Good Guys, that their numbers had declined and that we should help protect them, rather than protecting other species against them. Now it seems that otters are rotters.

I suppose if you were a mouse or vole an otter would look really quite large.

Edited by Athy

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This is either stupidity of the highest order or there is a specific protected species that needs protection whilst breeding and the fence is temporary

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41 minutes ago, Victor Vectis said:

CaRT put out a notice yesterday saying contractors will be erecting a fence around Napton reservoir to “protect small wildlife from otters”

 

If there are Otters there should we not be encouraging them so that they displace the invasive Mink?

 

 

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2 minutes ago, NickF said:

Have CaRT got any idea about anything?      

 

Water voles seem to attract most of their attention, probably because there are so many of them! Greater crested newts however seem to have passed them by.

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1 minute ago, tree monkey said:

...there is a specific protected species that needs protection...

 

Like...Otters?

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3 minutes ago, tree monkey said:

This is either stupidity of the highest order or there is a specific protected species that needs protection whilst breeding and the fence is temporary

 

Yes we'll probably find it is something like signal crayfish they are trying to protect.

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6 minutes ago, carlt said:

 

If there are Otters there should we not be encouraging them so that they displace the invasive Mink?

 

 

I was thinking along similar lines; just as one can train terriers to catch rats and so forth, can we train a Special Otter Service (Mink Platoon) to chase the so-and-so's away?

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2 minutes ago, Athy said:

I was thinking along similar lines; just as one can train terriers to catch rats and so forth, can we train a Special Otter Service (Mink Platoon) to chase the so-and-so's away?

They do already,  otters move into an area and kick the mink out

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Now that they are fair game I can finally get some use out of my favourite recipe book:

 

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Is there by any chance commercial fishing at Napton Reservoir? Or should I say stocked fishing?

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Its probably the income from fishing, most owners of fishing lakes wold like to exclude all Otters and cormorant from their lakes as they eat their expensive fish.

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8 minutes ago, carlt said:

 

If there are Otters there should we not be encouraging them so that they displace the invasive Mink?

 

 

 

This is a tricky one. On balance I think them minks are fluffier, more photgenic and friendlier-looking than otters, so should be protected first. 

 

Expert at wildlife, moi. 

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Just now, Tumshie said:

Is there by any chance commercial fishing at Napton Reservoir? 

 

I don't know but I am about to start selling tickets for the first Otter shoot of the season.

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2 minutes ago, Mike the Boilerman said:

friendlier-looking than otters,

🤣🤣🤣  Eh - no!

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1 minute ago, Mike the Boilerman said:

What is a commercial fish, anyway? 

It stops swimming every ten minutes and has an advertising break.

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3 minutes ago, Mike the Boilerman said:

What is a commercial fish, anyway? I can't find it in my Observers' Book of Fishes.

If you look really close you can see the Queen's head on their scales. 

 

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22 minutes ago, Mike the Boilerman said:

What is a commercial fish, anyway? I can't find it in my Observers' Book of Fishes.

They're the ones behind the stall selling the prawns.

 

I must say this debate is getting otter by the minute!

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Obviously time to resurrect the New Forest otter hounds - yes there was such a thing. Disbanded years ago when they eliminated the last pesky otter.

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