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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:09 am    Post subject: Otters Reply with quote

I was speaking to the ranger at Ravensthorpe and commented on the number of bits of crayfish at the edge of the water. He said it was otters and went on to say they have regular visits from numbers of otters at both Pitsford and Ravensthorpe.
One wonders when they are going to become commonplace and be one more thing destroying the fish stocks and any hope of fishing here in the UK.

I do turn into a "grumpy old man" when I watch the nature programs and there is hardly any mention of fish stocks but lots of film and pictures of cuddly otters and fish eating birds. It will no doubt come to a head when the fish have dwindled to next to nothing and the otters and cormorants are all dying of starvation or eating cats Shock

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter,

Look at what you've written mate. Lots of crayfish bits on the bank, not lots of bits of trout. Otters have a very varied diet of which fish are a fairly small part. That's not to say they don't act like a fox in a hen coop from time to time; they do, but with obviously loads of crayfish there for the eating why waste energy chasing fish?
Presumably they are the American Signal Crayfish - a non-native invasive species so the otters are doing Ravensthorpe a favour and one thing is for sure, no matter how many they eat they'll never eat them faster than they can replace their numbers. Carry on chomping Mr & Mrs Lutra.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well you are right there Bob.
But I would say with all the various carrion eating birds and foxes that are up that way I doubt any fish carcases would hang around for very long.
Apparently sheep theft is also big up there with some sheep being slaughtered and butchered in the field ( with fur and innards left in the fields)
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That should keep the foxes well fed then. The grayling calendar opened today and I've booked a few days as usual. When I get confirmation of those dates I'll let you know.
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