Kayaking slowly and quietly is a great way to take a good look at wildlife without scaring it.
Early evening, when all the boat traffic has parked up, the wildlife has the river to itself. Majestic swans glide peacefully through the water, Greylag Geese chatter gently to their young and a Barn owl hunts alongside the river bank.
A trail of tiny bubbles appeared on the surface, I watched as the trail criss-crossed the water, disappearing for a while then appearing a few metres ahead.
I had heard there were otters in the area, but mostly seen in the winter when the marina was quiet and all the tourists were back home.
A small dark head popped out of the water for a second only to disappear again. I followed along, watching the ripples edge around the boats before the otter headed downstream and out of view