The Isle of Mull on the west coast of Scotland is arguably one of the most beautiful locations in the UK. As well as the stunning landscape, the Isle of Mull is renowned for its wildlife: otters, seals, white-tailed eagles, golden eagles, red deer, dolphins, whales, basking sharks... the list goes on.

In November 2020, George and I travelled to the Isle of Mull to uncover the secret lives of otters. 

Otters are one of the UK's most elusive mammals, in fact they're so difficult to spot that they have an almost mythical status. The Isle of Mull has over 300 miles of coastline and is able to support one of the highest densities of otters in the UK. 

What's unusual about the otters on Mull, is that they travel down to the salty lochs to fish. As a result, they can often be confused with sea otters but this is not the case. They are in fact the Eurasian otter, a freshwater species found in rivers across the UK, Europe, parts of Asia and Africa. 

To hear more about these amazing animals, please watch our takeover for the BBC Springwatch Instagram.