The dangers crayfish traps pose to otters were starkly illustrated when a dead otter was found in a trap washed downstream in Leicester.
The Environment Agency has warned of the dangers of illegal crayfish traps after an otter was found drowned near Bridport, Dorset.
Two otters have been found dead in illegal fishing nets on the Norfolk Broads.
An otter has drowned after getting caught up in an illegal crayfish trap by the Selby Canal.
A mother otter and her two young have drowned after getting caught in an illegal net trap.
Police have urged the public not to use unlicensed fishing equipment after an otter was killed in a crayfish trap in southern Scotland.
Two holidaying teenagers were horrified to find a dead otter caught in an illegal crayfish trap on the shores of Loch Ken