Otters back from the brink of extinction in England
"The recovery of otters from near-extinction shows how far we've come in controlling pollution and improving water quality."
- Paul Raven, head of conservation and ecology at the Environment Agency
The otter has made a remarkable comeback from the brink of extinction, the Environment Agency has said.
Otters almost disappeared from England in the 1970s after pesticides routinely used three decades ago brought their numbers to near extinction levels.
Now many of those chemicals have been banned and the creatures are present once again in rivers across England.