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Otter - Credit Elliot Neep

Despite their secretive and elusive lives, the otter remains a creature everyone wants to see. Along our rivers and canals these charming mammals are making a comeback. Will you be lucky enough to catch a glimpse?

PROBABILITY OF SIGHTINGS

Low. Otters are notoriously difficult to spot, so bear in mind that there are no guarantees when in comes to wildlife watching. But this only makes it all the more special when you do finally catch a glimpse of these elusive creatures

WHERE CAN I SEE THEM AND WHEN SHOULD I GO?

The best site for otter spotting within the Triangle is the North Marsh Viewing Hide at Tophill Low Nature Reserve. Patience will still be required, but otters are spotted and photographed from this hide several times a week, throughout the year.

Otters have made a remarkable comeback along the River Hull and have even been spotted in Hull just hundreds of yards from people's homes. The two vast reservoir lakes of Tophill Low Nature Reserve lie alongside the River Hull, along which the otters swim. Head out for an early morning walk along the beautiful chalk stream headwaters of the River Hull and you never know, you might be lucky!

WHAT ELSE CAN I SEE AND DO WHILST I'M THERE?

Tophill Low Nature Reserve has so much to offer aside from the chance of seeing an otter - kingfisher, barn owl, smew, grass snakes and dragonflies are all signature species for the reserve. During winter don't miss the dazzling displays of waterfowl or the enormous gull roost on the two large reservoir lakes over the winter months.  The reserve is open daily from 9am to 6pm and admission (prices per person) is £3.30 for adults and £1.50 for concessions (16 and under / 65 and over / registered disabled).

WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE A DAY OF IT?

Tophill Low Nature Reserve lies relatively centrally in East Yorkshire, putting it within an hour's drive of most of the sites within the Triangle. Why not combine a visit to Tophill Low with a visit to another site renowned for its birdlife, such as YWT North Cave Wetlands or Hornsea Mere, both 40 minute's drive away.