Otters delight in Aberdyfi, southern Snowdonia
One of Snowdonia’s prettiest villages and a favourite of Wales Holidays, is Aberdyfi, which lies on the coast west of Machynlleth. Now, to the surprise and delight of residents and visitors alike, two otters have confidently taken up residence in the village, playing, fishing and feeding on the beach and lounging around on the jetty.
Otters are normally reserved and rather shy creatures, so it’s really unusual for this to happen. The pair are probably brother and sister born last year on the nearby River Leri and are likely to have been attracted by the variety and availability of food in the Dyfi Estuary, with onlookers seeing them tucking into plaice, flounder, crab and eel. The jetty in Aberdyfi is a very popular spot for children to go crabbing. Local councillors are, of course, warning that otters are wild and should not be approached – and there is concern that the male otter could be run over as he walks across the road. But this is a lovely surprise for all, especially as the male does seem to be something of a performer!
The Dyfi Estuary has a number of national and international conservation designations and is also one of the UK's five biosphere reserves determined by the United Nation's scientific organisation UNESCO. If you’re interested in staying in Aberydyfi, this three-bedroomed cottage on Copperhill Street is a great choice, just a short stroll down to the front.