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Artificial otter holts provide safe refuge, encouraging otters to recolonise and breed in areas of waterways where there is little or no otter activity present. This Otter Holt is made from recycled plastics, enhancing durability and environmental friendliness. Designed in conjunction with Surrey Wildlife Trust and featured on BBC Springwatch and Countryfile, this specific design is a safe, low cost and easy to install alternative to concrete artificial otter holts. It is also a long lasting alternative to timber holts as it will not rot.
The holt has both a front and a rear entrance hole and an internal chamber of 600mm x 600mm. This chamber size has been confirmed through research to be preferred by female otters when rearing their young, compared to other sizes of chamber. The top is crenelated to improve ventilation, so the holt can be partially buried and the top covered in turf or sticks. Alternatively the holt can be completely buried, but if you do this, you will need to purchase the Otter Holt with a Ventilation Tube, which is sold separately (see drop-down list).
The ventilation tube can be cut to length on site. Predrilled ventilation holes are located at the top of the tube, whilst the vents at the bottom are left un-drilled so that you can cut to length as required. The ventilation tube can also be modified to provide an access tube for monitoring the otter holt with a webcam. Note that the relevant statutory body will need to be notified if there is a risk of disturbing an otter in the holt - it is an offence to do so under the Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981).
The holt comes as an easy-to-assemble kit.
Colour: Black (Colour may vary slightly dependent upon recycled plastic batch used)
Dimensions: 830mm x 1200mm x 380mm (w x l x h)
Origin of Manufacturer: UK