Otter! A First for Wednesfield.

Picture by Sarinder Joshua Duroch

When I first started to campaign for the Wyrley and Essington Canal it was way back in 2007, I knew then that this overgrown and little used canal was an asset to our community. Here we are in 2021 and the canal is Wolverhampton’s Latest Local Nature Reserve. What a fantastic Reserve it is as well

Today I have the pleasure to announce that one of Britain’s rarest Mammals have been seen in our City of Wolverhampton boundaries, here on the Wyrley and Essington canal, in the centre of Wednesfield.
This is an exciting day!

On February 13th Sarinder a local resident captured a picture of an Otter on the WE near the Nickelodeon . The Otter was fishing, and indeed it caught a fish! The Otter was witnessed by a second person, who originally brought the mammals attention to Sarinder.

This is a fantastic day for those of us here in Wednesfield, that have been working so hard to ensure the LNR is seen as important and valued. It is a very much a first sighting. A golden moment for our Wyrley and Essington Local Nature Reserve.

An Otter in the middle of a City, a City that has more than 250,000 people living in it!

There will be more about this in the coming days. In the meantime, I take my hat off to Sarinder for being quick enough to capture the image. Coming on top of the fact that Badgers are also using our LNR, we have a fabulous amenity that Wednesfield residents can be rightly proud of.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more