The Sinuous

Otter

at Llys-y-Frân Lake

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The Otter at Llys-y-Frân


Llys-y-Frân is an important habitat for otters due to the lake’s high water quality, the abundance and variety of food available and bank-side vegetation.

The otter is a secretive semi-aquatic species, which swims very low in the water with head and back barely showing. Look out for brown fur, often pale on underside; a long slender body; small ears; long thick tail and webbed feet.

Fact File

Scientific name: Lutra lutra

Length: 60-80cm

Tail: 32-56cm

Weight: 6-8kg

Average lifespan: 5-10 years

Did you know…?


The otter population in much of Britain and Europe underwent a sudden and catastrophic decline in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, otters are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) and their future is much brighter.

How you can help…


To help protect our resident otters, the anchoring of boats and access to sensitive areas is restricted.

Wildlife & Nature Highlights

Wildlife & Nature at Llys-y-Frân

The mix of farmland, woodland, scrub and waterside habitats means Llys-y-Frân Lake is an area rich in wildlife and nature.

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Birds

Llys-y-Frân offers a mix of farmland, woodland, scrub and waterside habitats which attracts a rich array of birdlife.

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Polecats

Known for its bandit-like appearance, the polecat was once so persecuted it was on the brink of extinction in the UK.

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