Wildlife Highlights - Otter

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After experiencing a dramatic, country-wide population crash in the second half of the twentieth century, otters were virtually absent from Anglesey.  However they have made a steady comeback, and are now found on most of island’s river catchments.  Their successful return can be attributed to a variety of factors, including an improvement in the water quality of our streams and rivers, and the banning of certain harmful pesticides.  Otters are shy animals, and as such are quite difficult to see in the wild.  They are most active at dawn and dusk.  Hotspots include Valley Lakes, Malltraeth Marsh and Llyn Cefni.  The Anglesey Otter Project aims to boost the numbers of otters on the island through habitat creation and management.