Yet more mink

The photos here were taken by Lynne Kinder along Huntington Road recently.

It just goes to show that invasive non native species can be pretty – you can see why they are bred for their fur

But their voracious appetites and the absence of predators to control them is dangerous

It’s no coincidence that we have had no reports of our native water voles along the river for a long time – water vole is a favourite prey of mink. They have also been seen taking waterbird chicks. It was hoped that the presence of otters might deter them, but it seems not, perhaps although reports of otters have been rare this year. Fisherfolk I’ve talked to suggest that otters which are seen are visitors, and not resident along the river.