I was 15 minutes early for meeting at Fingle Bridge yesterday with the Woodland Trust so I had a quick walk up past the bridge towards Fingle weir. On a stone by a fallen tree next to the weir I found a very fresh otter spraint.
Spraint is the posh way of saying otter poo. It is easily told from other species’ dropping because of its smell – it is not unpleasant and has a hint of jasmine tea! Finding otters spraints is the main way the distribution and status of otters are mapped and described.
Good to know such a beautiful place is home to otters