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Camera snaps otter in Pembrokeshire survey

The otter took a liking to pond fish. Credit: Ella Black

An otter has been snapped in Pembrokeshire as part of a county-wide survey of the animals.

Solva resident Ella Black set up a camera after half the fish in her pond disappeared one night in September.

The intrepid animal's 'caused quite a stir' in the village. Credit: Ella Black

The National Park Authority teamed up with Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Officer Sue Burton in late 2013 to ask people to report coastal otter sightings for a county-wide research project.

Since then more than 130 sightings have been logged at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids, with each sighting marked with a pin on a special map, showing how they are distributed around the Pembrokeshire Coast.

We’ve received a number of sightings from people surfing, kayaking or swimming off the coast, but the photo and video evidence captured in Solva shows otters are also exploring the areas around the coast as they search for food.

– Ian Meopham, National Park Authority Ranger

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Bad weather means busy night for firefighters

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Flood warnings in force after heavy rain and wind

Four flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency due to heavy rain overnight.

The warnings are in place for:

  • River Severn at Pool Quay and Trewern
  • River Wye at Builth Wells
  • River Severn at Abermule and Fron
  • River Severn at Aberbechan including the Sewage Works at Dolfor

There are also six flood alerts

Meanwhile there's a yellow 'be aware' warning from the Met Office of snow and ice for parts of North Wales:

  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Gwynedd
  • Wrexham

The Met Office says there's the potential for hazardous driving conditions.

£150m for flood and coastal defences

The Aberystwyth area was hit by flooding in 2012. Credit: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

Finance and Government Business Minister Jane Hutt will today announce £150 million of new investment in priority flood and coastal risk management across Wales.

The scheme aims to deliver key flood and coastal defences in partnership with local authorities from 2018.

"Ensuring that we have effective flood and coastal defences is a priority we share with local authorities. Few can doubt that our flood defences will continue to be tested by adverse weather events in the future."

– Jane Hutt AM, Finance and Government Business Minister

"This announcement... is a clear message that the Welsh Government will continue to tackle flooding, and the risks associated with it, for years to come.”

– Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for Natural Resources
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