Northumbrian Water Ltd.’s ‘Just an Hour’ Volunteers devoted their time to providing a home for otters in North Tyneside this week, by installing an artificial holt along the Seaton Burn.
The event, hosted by Northumberland Wildlife Trust, was part of the Living Waterways Project which is an Environment Agency funded initiative that aims to encourage residents to look after their nearby river and green spaces by managing flood risk, addressing water pollution and enhancing biodiversity.
Six Northumbrian Water volunteers along with three nature loving friends and family created the holt from recycled plastic panels as shown on BBC One’s Springwatch and Countryfile programmes.
The otter holts will provide excellent accommodation for otters, which are known to be active on the Seaton Burn. Otters are a priority species for British wildlife conservation and habitat improvements along watercourses provide a huge boost to the quality of otter territory.
Sarah Marley, Project Officer for Living Waterways said: “We know otters are using the Seaton Burn so we are keen to provide habitat for them to expand their range.
“The help from the Northumbrian Water ‘Just an Hour’ team and their friends and family is invaluable in helping us create suitable habitats to increase biodiversity in the area and, without their good work, we would be struggling to find the time in the project to build the holts … and the weather was fine, which is always a bonus.”
The artificial recycled plastic holts were funded through the Local Environment Action Fund (LEAF) and forms part of the extensive habitat improvements in the North Tyneside and South East Northumberland locality.