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Otters, East Anglia

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has on the number of otters in East Anglia; and if he will make a statement.

I am advised by the Nature Conservancy Council that there is no definitive record of numbers of otters in East Anglia. Since 1986, reports of sightings suggest an improving population in the west of the region while in the east of the region releases of captive-bred otters have strengthened the population.