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  • Writer's pictureWildlife Friendly Otley


Pairs of these shy, graceful ducks can be spotted on the Wharfe in Otley and east towards Knotford Nook. With the water shallow and clear, I was able to see the male's streamlined body underwater as it dived for fish, but my favourite sight is of the young birds on the mother's back as she swims along. Hopefully we'll get chance to see this in the coming months, when the chicks leave their nests in holes in trees on the riverbank.

My daughter works for the charity WaterAid who are developing an app called FlowTV, highlighting the importance, power and beauty of water. It will feature beautiful soundscapes from rivers around the world where WaterAid work. It is hoped these sounds will prove relaxing, and maybe aid sleep, improve mindfulness or accompany activities such as yoga. A taster can be found here:


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