Otters on the Usk

 

Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) 

Over the last few years our members have been noticing the comeback of otters on the river. The Usk is an important site for otters in Wales and they are now thought to be using most parts of the main river from Newport upstream. Since the 1990s an expansion of known otter ranges has been seen on several Usk tributaries, including the Honddu, Senni and Crai. The upper Usk was an otter refuge during the decline of the 1950s, and subsequently has acted as a source population for the recolonisation of south-east Wales.  A favourite spot to see them is the area just north of Pant y Goitre bridge but you may catch sight of one anywhere along the main stem of the river.