I have always loved oak trees and otters. So it was exciting to get an invite today that would allow me to explore land that was possibly home to both!
My local Dorset otter group co-ordinator phoned last week asking if I had seen signs of otters on my local “patch” of the Stour. Unfortunately the weather has been so wet that my patch of river is overflowing, washing away any otter spraint.
After coming off the phone, I remembered that I had heard of a local man called John who was planting a new oak wood using acorns collected from the “Major Oak” in Sherwood Forest (one of the oldest, and best known ancient oaks in the country).
This story intrigued me, not only because I love oak trees, but because his land borders a part of the River Stour that I have never surveyed for otters. Maybe his land hadn’t flooded yet. So I asked a few people and got hold of John’s email address. When I emailed him he came back with a very excited email.
Today, for the first time in 100 years, the millstream on his land had filled with water and was running freely. He had been working all summer digging out the old millstream, and today the rains brought it back to life. So you see the rain does have it’s uses!
Tomorrow I’m getting a guided tour of John’s new oak wood and will see the newly filled millstream. We are both hoping that otters will start using this millstream and the tributaries that run from my village (Corfe Mullen, Dorset) straight into the millstream and the River Stour beyond.
Let’s hope the rain stops soon… otherwise all I will see is a sea of water!