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Earlier in the summer, we were delighted to report that an otter had been spotted on the private stretch of river that runs just a few fields away from The Old Vicarage. It was the first time that one had been recorded here in at least seven years.
Since then, there have been further sightings - the most recent one by a guest who was out fishing early in the morning. He was able to watch it play in the water for quite some time.
According to a 2010 survey by the Environment Agency, the otter - although once on the verge of extinction in the 1950s - has made a massive comeback and is now found in many of England's rivers and waterways. This revival has been linked to decreasing levels of certain pesticides that were leaching into the rivers and polluting the water sources. It is fantastic to see such a wonderful creature in the wild and we are honoured to have them living so close to The Old Vicarage.
The River Swale is a stunning natural feature of the local landscape and gives its name to our particular dale. Guests have access to a private stretch of this river, which is just a short stroll from The Old Vicarage - perfect for whiling away a few hours watching the abundant wildlife.