Otter - Species Survey

Once common in British waterways, otters suffered a serious decline as a result of hunting. Conservation efforts mean the species is recovering but still needs protection to maintain viable populations. Under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, otters and their resting places are fully protected. It is an offence to deliberately capture, injure or kill an otter or to damage, destroy or obstruct their breeding or resting places, or disturb an otter in its breeding or resting place.

Surveys for otters focus on field signs such as feeding remains, spraint or tracks and can be carried out at any time of the year, as long as water levels are not too high. Stark Ecology Ltd can also help with mitigation design and site management when otters are present.