May 31st was World Otter Day, and Mull Otter Group marked the day with lots of fun and educational activities for local children.
We were joined by Ulva Ferry, Dervaig, Lochdon, and Lochaline schools at Craignure Bunkhouse. With the sun shining, and all those eager, young faces the scene was set for a brilliant day.
Nigel Burch lead children on a walk to the shoreline to spot signs and tracks of the local otters, and back at base camp he showed the children a miniature model of the otter’s world including freshwater pools, spraint patches, and the difficulties presented to the otter of how to cross the road!
Meanwhile, Laura Penny explored the mysteries of an otter’s skeleton with another group of children.
Another group of children learned all about rescuing orphaned otters with Jane Stevens.
Other groups of children engaged in story-telling, making collages, writing postcards.
And if that wasn’t enough there was otter face painting provided by Imogen
The groups of children then swapped around, so everyone had a chance to try everything!
Some children from Lochaline, along with some adult wildlife enthusiasts, spent the whole day with David Woodhouse from Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions. They had a great day out, and saw practically every example of Mull’s great wildlife including an otter!
Many thanks to all involved in the day. So many people devoted their time for free, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Special thanks go to Craignure Bunkhouse for kindly letting us use their lovely space for our event, and being so helpful.
And we were so glad that the children seemed to enjoy themselves, and learn so much at the same time!