Could there be otter here???… a visit to Woodhouse Community Project

Close to me, is an exciting project on a lovely site….

‘Woodhouse Community Farm, a historic small-holding on the outskirts of Whittington, is offering people the chance to become a member and help to safeguard the farm as a place for the whole community.

With plans to renovate some of the semi-derelict buildings to provide a useable space with a classroom, kitchen and café facilities, it’s hoped the farm will become a centre where people of all ages and abilities will be able to improve their food growing and cooking skills and learn the value of local, seasonal food.’

More can be seen about the project at

The site on which this project is taking place includes fields, a woodland, brooks and the River Tame! Some initial wildlife surveys of the area have thrown up evidence of otter and I offered to come and set a couple of Bushnells around the site over the coming months to see if we could capture any interesting wildlife!

We had a wander around the site, starting off down by one of the brooks. The water levels have been very high recently with all the wet weather we have had and there is a soft silt edge to many banks; perfect for footprints. As I clambered down the steep bank, I could see lots of small, prints here. They were too small for otter,