The Otter Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010
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An entertaining and delightful read...This mongraph by a lifelong otter expert is a pleasure, and would make a warm and informative read for any countryside and wildlife lover. --BBC Countryfile, October 2011
One of the best accounts I have read in recent years. Well written, easy to read and very informative...This is a must have on any bookshelf of any naturalist. --Highland News Group, November 2010
About the Author
James Williams James Williams has spent a lifetime otter watching, from his boyhood in the Lake District, to his adult life in Somerset. He taught English in Taunton, but his west-country residence gave him the opportunity to study and record the changing fortunes of this elusive and fascinating mammal, from its near-extinction in the mid-1980s to its remarkable, though precarious, recovery today. Actively involved in many initiatives to monitor and aid the otters restoration, Chairman of the Somerset Wildlife Trusts Otter Group, James continues to train and inspire a new generation of otter-enthusiasts through his popular training days and his role in various surveys.
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Never afraid of discussion, this book throws ideas and ethical conundrums into the ring, from the early days of the otter hunts to animal charities policy of releasing hand reared cubs.
The book's value lies in its ability to pull the various research projects and initiatives together into a cohesive story and to examine where we are in our understanding of this most difficult to understand species.
Mr Williams' long personal involvement with so many projects and from his current position of Chairman of the Somerset Otter Group has afforded an insight hard to match. What shines through every page is the author's admiration and compassion for the otter and his determination to give this most special of species the helping hand it deserves.
I have read many publications and books on otters and this one is very good.
This book not only describes the ecology of the otter very well, but it also explains the unique insight that the otter hunts had into otter numbers and otter behaviour, and explains the background into the reasons for their decline, which we still do not fully understand.
Easy to read yet extremely informative.