A top spot to look for footprints is along the river bank in the nice soft mud, which is exactly where I found these.
Any mammal prints found along the river are cause for excitement as they may indicate otters. As you may know we have had limited success with spotting otters on our trail cams this year, but they are out there!
After taking some snaps and notes, it was back to the office to consult the track guide. The prints are definitely webbed meaning they could be narrowed down to either otter or mink.
Even though the prints are a bit blurred from being pressed in to the squishy mud, the toe prints look quite splayed, which is more typical of mink than otter. The footprints were also quite small confirming they are mink, rather than otter prints.
Bye for now,
Rhian (Seasonal Ranger)