"It’s dawn and our naughty little otter has just returned to the scene of the crime, her wet footprints leading away from the pond by our cottage, trashed even worse this time because there were only half a dozen minnows that had survived for her to hunt since the last attack. If that is all she can find to eat it is symptomatic of deeper ills and I certainly worry for her future and that of the rest of our rivers’ wildlife".

Hugh Miles, famed wildlife photographer and film-maker, only has to look out of his sitting-room window to observe what is happening in the river that flows through the bottom of his garden – and it worries him.

Read why in his blog at Hugh Miles – Wildlife Adventures