Living Otter Holt.

Sunrise: 08.19  Sunset: 04.03

Activity at the southern marsh otter holt has decreased, which is not unusual: otters move around a lot. The number of daytime lie-ups it will have in its territory can be in double figures. I am seeing otter runs across grass at various places on the marsh. I am either getting better at spotting the runs, or otter activity is increasing – I think the latter.

I have decided to build two or three living holts – two away from and one close to the river – in areas of current or recent activity. Maybe an otter will take a liking to one of my new holts.

I have included a drawing of the living otter holt design I intend to use, for those interested. The design is basic and I intend it to be so; changes will be made depending on the conditions at each site.

OTTER HOLT Model (1)

7 Comments on “Living Otter Holt.

  1. This will be an interesting project, hope you have success in attracting them in. Look forward to your reports on how you get on. We have a natural holt here near the bottom of our garden in thick coastal vegetation – but as you have commented the animals like to move about a lot.

    • We will see what happens in the fullness of time, and I will let you know if anything positive happens. I will make use of paw print traps and spraint stones.

    • Thanks, Tom. I am trying to decide on the type of bed and armchair an otter would prefer, and whether wall paper will be necessary. What are the otters’s priorities when selecting a new home?

  2. Looks very complicated to me Mike!! Good luck, I hope they like it. I’m so pleased to hear that activity is increasing on the marsh – I’ve been saying this for months, but I really must get down there!! Happy New Year.

  3. Complicated, Dom? I hope not! It’s just a matter of having the right materials, the right tools, and the right people to build them. Oh, the right design and sunny days. I will mark out the first holt tomorrow, and it will be sunny.

    Happy New Year to you and your family, Dom.

    If you leave it too long, Dom, you won’t recognise the marsh.

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