Explain that, as a class, they will attempt to reduce the sentences to as short a length possible but they will ensure that they will still make sense.
A suggested briefer version is below:
Otters returning to English rivers
Otters are back in parts of England that they left years ago.
More were found by experts than in 1977.
Cleaner water, more fish and better riverbanks have helped.
During the 1950s and 60s many died and some were hunted until a ban in 1978.
Roads are a big problem
Water companies have been building dens for them to live in and making the water cleaner.
Some have helped otters stay away from roads, stopping otter deaths.
Experts think other animals and plants will start coming back to rivers too.
Children use simplify and shorten sentences contained within the story