Otters have been admired by humans for centuries and have been the feature of mythology and folklore, often characterised as being joyful, playful and helpful.
It is a great shame therefore that otters were almost eradicated in the 1960’s due to river pollution, habitat loss and hunting. However, since the 1980s the situation has improved and otters are now legally protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act with recent studies showing that otters are beginning to return to their familiar abodes.
Wildlife lovers will therefore be pleased to hear that a bevy of beautiful otters has recently being photographed by Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust enjoying life in the waters of the River Don, once the most polluted river in Europe.
Funding from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme will help to improve local wildlife habitats, creating a better home for these otters. Conservation tasks include removing non-native invasive plant species, tidying riverbanks and replacing them with native plants. This will also help other protected species, such as Water Voles to prosper.
In the words of Chris Grice, Fundraising and Development Officer for Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust “nature needs a helping hand”.
It would be ‘Otterly Amazing!’ if people helped give nature a chance and voted for Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust in in the following Tesco stores:
- Rotherham Express
- Brinsworth Rotherham Express
- Fenton Express
- Rotherham Extra
- Rotherham Mrgt Rd Express
- Marsh Bellows Rd Express
- Wath-upon-Dearn Extra
For more information about this project visit http://www.wildsheffield.com/
If you are interested in applying for the Tesco Bags of Help Grants Programme, you can find out all the information you need here.