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Otter Spraint

Observed: 20th February 2010 By: Graeme
The Anton River Conservation Association
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Winnall Moors 20.02.10. HWT Guided walk.Otter (Lutra lutra), Spraint

Otter spraint pointed out on guided walk

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Otter (Lutra lutra) interacts


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Otter spraint

You can see the fish bones and scales. The only other animal it could have been is a mink and they usually have mammal and/or bird remains in their droppings as well.

Was it sitting on a small mound of lush grass? Otters often mark their territory with spraints, defecating in the same spot. This builds up into a small mound fertilised by the droppings.

Graham Banwell

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yes it was on a mound of

yes it was on a mound of grass, we also had a guide with us who said it was a spraint and otters were common along this stretch of the river

Graeme Davis