Every garden has a secret life when things come alive. The Lost Gardens at Heligan, Cornwall can testify to the fact that things go on at night. For four months the fish in their pond had were disappearing regularly. Even after installing a camera, the staff were unable to find the intruder.
Fish scales were found around the pool, as were signs of otter spraint (dung), and the staff were fairly certain that they had a visiting otter. The camera was repositioned and the staff waited for the otter to show up. More fish were stocked in the pond and the staff waited eagerly to see who would show up.
Claire Pumfrey, the wildlife director was thrilled to find that the cameras had successfully captured footage of the otter. It turned out to be a beautiful male otter, somewhat camera shy, but definitely after the fish!
“I was thrilled to finally see our fish stealing visitor – a beautiful resident male otter,” Claire said.
“We had already identified otter spraint (dung) throughout the gardens’ watercourses and the tell-tale fish scales and ever decreasing fish populations were all pointing to an otter.”
“To finally see him though is rare and real treat.”
Claire said that while most visitors who came during the day would never see the nightlife, it was great that they could show footage of the night visitor, and she hoped that people would better understand the habits of the beautiful otter. You can see the footage of the otter in the video, which shows him very clearly catching his supper from the pond!
There certainly is a secret life which takes place after all the daily activity is over, and people have gone home!
“Although it’s highly unlikely that visitors are ever going to see our resident otter for themselves, we are pleased to be able to share with them this footage and further their understanding of this beautiful creature,” he said.
“There’s a secret life to the Lost Gardens that only occurs once the visitors and staff have gone home for the night.”
Source: Daily Mail