Otters in the East Anglian landscape Archive

Otters in the East Anglian landscape

Otter pair play on bank in morning sun. April Suffolk. Lutra lutra

Otters on the Little ouse

Otter looking forward alert in tree hole. April Norfolk. Lutra lutra

Otter mother and cub, Norfolk spring

Otter ripples and sun in Little Ouse Norfolk. Lutra lutra

Otters of the Little Ouse Norfolk Breckland

Otters in the Norfolk Landscape

I saw an otter on the Blackbourne river in Suffolk 25 years ago and there have been signs and sighting of otters living in North Suffolk and south Norfolk since then. In the last few years the otter population has increased but seeing them has always been a challenge, usually involving getting up ridiculously early and standing about for hours with only a small chance of success.

However, recently in Thetford a group of around four otters has been seen regularly in the rivers that flow through the town centre. Otters can be seen during daylight hours fishing, playing and on the river-banks. The following images were taken in and around Thetford.