Otter cub brings Arlington Court trail to life

An ‘otterly delightful’ find on the estate for senior warden Murray Sharpe.

A REMARKABLE discovery in the grounds of Arlington Court, near Barnstaple, has brought its Wind in the Willows trail to life.

The estate’s warden team were finishing up for the day when they spotted a lost otter cub on the banks of the river.

The National Trust property is currently running a winter trail around its grounds to celebrate the Kenneth Graham novel; the furry animal resembled Portly, one of the characters from the famous book.

Area Warden, Murray Sharpe, heard the distressed cub calling out.

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He said: “We assumed it was looking for its mum. We called the Mammal Trust and they suggested we made sure it was taken off the path and hidden under a bush. It seemed a strong young thing and I am sure it’s fine.”

Arlington is home to a host of wildlife and is a popular spot to see birds. Earlier this year there was great excitement when a bittern was seen from the bird hide near the lake.

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A shorter version of the trail, plus the gardens, shop and tea room are open until is available when the gardens, shop and tea-room are open until January 3 from11am to 3pm, Entry is free for all. For details visit or call (01271) 850296.

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