Much has been said and done to deter wild swimming in Leicester. However a recent discovery shows just how clean Leicesters waterways are. The Leicester Mercury reported on March 12th that a family of otters had been photographed in the City Center.
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The paper reports: “The mammals which are famously shy, have been photographed by city council otter spotters.”
“The riverside rangers discovered the photos after checking wildlife cameras at secret locations where anecdotal evidence of otters had been reported.”
“Adrian Lane, city council senior riverside officer, said: ‘ “We were really excited to discover these pictures, which show that despite the hustle and bustle of the urban environment, a female otter has managed to raise three cubs almost to maturity.” ‘
“The presence of the otter, being an apex predator at the top of the food chain in waterways, signifies that everything from their preferred fish diet downwards is healthy and abundant, so it’s a great sign for us.”
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Perhaps the rivers are clean enough for wild swimmers after all!