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Matthew Oates, National Trust

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Michael McCarthy, The Independent

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Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist

Twitcher in the Swamp

By - Peter Marren

"Ever on the lookout for cheerful news, Twitcher was naturally intrigued by the newspaper headlines celebrating the return of the Otter. 'Otter Joy' was the favourite one, follwed by 'Otter Claw-back' and 'Otterly Amazing'. Closer inspection revealed that Otters have not, in fact, done anything particulalry newsworthy. The headlines were based on an Environment Agency report that told us what we already knew - that Otters are slowly recovering from a low point in the 1970s, when their breeding performance had become reduced by pesticide poisoning. Now, eager Otter fans, snuffling up and down the riverbanks, are finding more and more piles of Otter poo, or spraints, as they are known. In fact, all things considered, 'Otter Crap' might have made a better headline."

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist