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Otter Caught on Camera

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Whilst the Mill Brook was in full flood over the Easter weekend, this otter was caught on camera.

What a coup since these animals are generally elusive and secretive!

The natural flood management scheme along the Mill Brook protects the heart of Tattenhall from serious flooding — we don't want a repeat of the flooding which occurred back in 2000.

Natural flood defences see the construction of dams and the creation of large retention ponds and reed-beds which, apart from holding back the flood water, provide excellent new habitats for bird and animal species such as the otter.

In addition, the extensive growth of reeds provides an important natural filtration system for water which still contains high levels of nitrates running off from adjacent farmland.

Supported by the Bolesworth Estate, a significant area of farmland has been taken out of production to create this valuable new wetland which is managed by TWiG.

TWiG — Conservation in the Community.

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