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    Graham Ramsay
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    When I was growing up near Blairgowrie in Perthshire I lived on a farm next to the river and otters were occasionally seen along the riverbank. Never common though. Now a walk along some parts of the river in the early morning or late evening without seeing an otter would be unusual. I’ve even seen them from the bridge over The Tay in the centre of Perth in the middle of the day. So photographs of otters are still noteworthy but not jaw dropping.

    Beavers have been known to be in the area for at least the last decade. They originally escaped from a private collection on an estate near Alyth. Now they are all along the rivers Isla and Ericht and up the Lunan burn and the string of lochs between Blairgowrie and Dunkeld. They have a lodge on the nature reserve at Loch of the Lowes. Some estimates put them at over 100 individuals.

    You need patience and local knowledge to see a beaver but photographs can be got with luck.

    The following pictures were taken by Mabel McCulley on Monday night and posted to the local facebook group. I’ve asked her permission to post them.

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     The beaver & otter are brilliant enough, but to see them in the same picture – just wow!

    #354782

    Plaamoo
    Participant

    Great to see they’re doing well there Graham. We have lots of both in places here but not sure I’ve seen both together? The local fish population may not be happy with the otters and anyone with a fruit tree near the river will be complaining about the beavers. :) There isn’t an animal more fun to watch than a family of otters. Especially a mother with several young! Are beavers indigenous there?

    #354792

    Graham Ramsay
    Participant

    The current populations are all re-introductions. Beavers were hunted to extinction on these islands as much as 5 centuries ago sadly.

    #354796

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Great pics of cool animals. Are there any environmental concerns regarding the beavers?

    We have some small otter populations in Andalucía but yet to see one, although a few years ago coelacanth and I watched an adult individual from a bridge in Fraga, Aragon for a while. Ironically, they are apparently on the increase in Spain due to the widespread presence of the invasive crayfish, Procambarus clarkii.

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