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The Otter

Back from the brink of extinction, the otter is making a come-back in Britain today. Author James Williams, a life-long enthusiast of this fascinating, enigmatic creature, dispells some of the mysteries in this beautifully-illustrated book:

  • Reasons for the near-disappearance of the otter in the 1980s and the reasons for its recovery today
  • Why otters patrol their territories and fight for them
  • Breeding, natural history and behaviour
  • Unusual otter information: blind otters, the work of otter groups, the difficulties of introducing otters in the wild, their surprising ability to live close to man
  • Otters as predators – their impact on fish stocks, the difficulty of fish-hunting in cold water, their favourite foods
  • Tracking otters through their prints, and through their spraints
  • Helping the otter to survive in the 21st century


Author: James Williams
ISBN: 978 1 906122 22 5
Published: September 2010
Format: 246 x 189 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 224
137 colour photographs
Price: £20.00

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The Otter



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Press reviews

Reviewed in BBC Countryfile in October 2011

'An entertaining and delightful read. This monograph by a lifelong otter expert is a pleasure and would make a warm and informative read for any countryside and wildlife lover.'

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Reviewed in Sherkin Comment in October 2011

'It is intriguing to learn the life of the otter, about holts and spraints, new-born cubs, night fishing and its diet. The author's lifetime work with otters is intertwined with beautiful personal experiences.'

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Reviewed in International Otter Specialist in October 2011

'James Williams, a life-long enthusiast of this fascinating, enigmatic creature, dispels some of the mysteries in this beautifully illustrated book.'

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Reviewed in Highland News Group in November 2010

'One of the best accounts I have read in recent years. Well written, easy to read and very informative...This is a must have on any bookshelf of any naturalist.'

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Reviewed in This England in December 2010

'A work that never fails to absorb.'

 

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