Ot­ter spot­ter

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AN OT­TER has been spot­ted at the Pan­tano de Elche reser­voir for the first time, an­nounced en­vi­ron­ment coun­cil­lor An­to­nio Gar­cía on Thurs­day.

It was seen dur­ing the course of re­search for a project in­sti­gated by the coun­cil in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Miguel Hernán­dez univer­sity.

One of the par­tic­i­pants in the study, José Car­los An­tón said the ot­ter did not ap­pear to be merely pass­ing through and was filmed mark­ing its ter­ri­tory. He added that there could be a ge­netic cross breed be­tween the ot­ters from the south and the north, which have also been re­ported in the province.

City hall awarded the UMH €5,000 to carry out the re­search and will be re­new­ing the deal this year, noted Sr Gar­cía.

“We are mak­ing an ef­fort to show­case the reser­voir, not only with the agree­ment but also by cre­at­ing the path that will show off the na­ture in the area,” he said, adding that work on this was due to be­gin on Mon­day.

The Pan­tano de Elche has a large amount of wildlife liv­ing in the area, as well as the Li­mo­nium, ‘a very rare en­dan­gered plant’, said Sr An­tón.

He in­di­cated that they keep find­ing more species of flow­ers and have al­ready cat­a­logued more than 400.

There are nu­mer­ous va­ri­eties of rep­tile, such as the Ibe­rian pars­ley frog, Ibe­rian worm lizard and Bedriaga’s skink.

Birds in­clude the Bonelli’s ea­gle, Western marsh har­rier, Eurasian ea­gle-owl and red-billed chough, and mam­mals the wild boar, com­mon genet, fox and the re­cently dis­cov­ered ot­ter. The coun­cil­lor said these find­ings full jus­tify the ef­forts to in­vest in the area.

Elche's reser­voir

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