Course: Water Voles and Otters - Ecology and Survey

The Species Recovery Trust

Fairford, Gloucestershire
10th May (online) & 13th May 2024 (field session)

Cost: £150

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

This course is aimed at anyone interested in surveying for water voles and otters, including for conservation and management purposes. The water vole has suffered a catastrophic decline over the last century, but populations are still found widely occurring across the UK, sometimes in unexpected habitats. The otter is now widespread across much of the UK and is regularly encountered in most wetland habitats. Both species are listed as priorities for conservation and are legally protected. It is therefore hugely important to be able to recognise the signs of both water voles and otters and understand their ecological requirements.

The course comprises a live online session followed by a half-day field session, focusing on:

  • Water vole status, distribution and legal protection
  • Water vole ecology and habitat requirements
  • Water vole field signs
  • Approaches to water vole survey
  • Habitat management
  • Otter status, distribution and legal protection
  • Otter ecology and habitat requirements
  • Otter field signs
  • Approaches to otter survey

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