Simon Cooper: The Otters' Tale

Wed 11 Oct
12:30 - 13.30
The Guildhall
£8, £7.20 concessions


Leading conservationist Simon Cooper provides a unique insight into the lives of one of our most secretive mammals, the otter. Based on observations taken at his Hampshire home Cooper interweaves the personal story of the female otter, Kutschta, with the natural history of the otter in the British Isles. 

When Simon Cooper bought an abandoned water mill straddling a small chalkstream in southern England, little did he know that he would come to share the mill with a family of wild otters.

Following in the footsteps of Henry Williamson’s 1920s classic Tarka the Otter, he brings these fascinating creatures to life in all their wondrous complexity as readers are taken on a journey through the calendar year and learn the most intimate details of this most beautiful of British mammals.

Recently brought back from the brink of extinction through tireless conservation efforts, otters are now more populous than any time in the past 70 years. But this rare ecological success story has not been without its controversial consequences as fishing lakes are now losing fish worth thousands of pounds, thus raising the question of what is to be done.

Simon Cooper is one of the country’s leading chalkstream conservationist. He lives and works on the English rivers, in Nether Wallop just outside Stockbridge, Hampshire, where otters are once again thriving. This is Simon’s second book, following his widely acclaimed Life of a Chalkstream.

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