Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra)

By Ed Lewis

Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra)

The Eurasian Otter (Lutra Lutra) is one of the UK’s most famous mammals but is also one of the most scarce having been effectively wiped out from much of it’s traditional range between the 1950 to 1990. Fortunately this massive decline was noticed in time so that steps could be taken to reverse it. A combination of pollution in the waterways, increased traffic on roads and decline in fish stocks forced this aquatic mammal out into the wilds away from major river systems, towns and cities.

Today otters are found in reasonable numbers in North Western Scotland, Cumbria, Devon and Cornwall. They have also been re-introduced to other counties around the UK and population numbers have started to increase, although road accidents have already started to take their toll in some parts. Because of these re-introduction programs you are now six or seven times more likely to see an otter in your local river than you were just 10 years ago.
The otter is a charismatic animal and is a joy to watch and photograph if you can get close enough. They live for 10-12 years and feed on a variety of fish, crustaceans, occasional frogs and an assortment of other riverside tidbits. As well as inhabiting Britain, the Eurasian Otter is also found across much of Europe, parts of Asia and even North Africa, although it is under threat in much of its range and even extinct in the Netherlands.

All proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to the Tobermory Otter Fund. Go to:


  • scotland
  • wildlife
  • otter

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watercolour on board
4 Years ago

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Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra)
Ed Lewis

Specialising in painting wildlife and classic cars using watercolour on board. Commissions taken.


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