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Otter Surveys

Our experienced ecology team provide walkover otter surveys, which can be undertaken at any time of the year, although some specialist otter surveys are seasonal. 

Our attention to detail, investment in technology and vast experience therefore allows us to be very competitive. We respond to enquiries same day and schedule our surveys in days (not weeks), hence this helps our clients to meet even very tight deadlines. Therefore our efficiency and expertise has saved our clients lots of money!

Otter Ecology

Otters live alongside rivers, lakes and sea coasts feeding mainly on a diet of fish and amphibians. They rest and breed in dens called “holts” which are often in the root systems of trees along river banks. Their webbed feet, thick fur and ability to close their ears and nostrils underwater make them excellent aquatic predators. Whilst mainly associated with water, otters (particularly the males) can also travel far from these habitats in search of mates.

Protection and Legislation

Otters are fully protected under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).

It is therefore an offence to;

  • Deliberately capture, injure or kill
  • Deliberately disturb
  • Damage or destroy a breeding site or resting place
  • Obstruct access to a breeding site or resting place
  • Possess or advertise/sell/exchange (dead or alive) or any part of

Otter Survey Methods

Otters are shy and predominantly nocturnal and otter survey techniques typically involve searching for field signs including footprints, droppings, holts and worn paths alongside water courses. Otters are active all year round, leaving no restrictions on survey timings.

Licensing and mitigation

Prior to any works that may impact upon otters, a licensed ecologist may need to apply for a derogation licence from the appropriate statutory body for nature conservation. This derogation licence permits operations which would otherwise constitute an offence and we will work with you to develop a suitable mitigation plan.

Survey Calendar for Otters

Survey calendar for otters

Mitigation calendar for Otters

Mitigation calendar for Otters

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Our ecology team members, Samuel Olney and Aaron Isaacs, have been very busy this winter and it is our pleasure to announce that they have achieved their CS38 Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue Level 2 certifications. Samuel Olney has also been approved as being sufficiently experienced to hold a Bat Class 2 survey licence from […]

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