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Otter and Watervole Surveys: Site Survey

What is an Otter and Watervole Survey?

Otter and Watervole surveys are a method for establishing whether there is a population of these mammals using the site and, if so, how they are using it.

The survey technique relies upon field signs such as feeding signs, footprints, trails, latrines, foraging signs, feeding remains, burrows or holts. The survey requires skill and experience to confidently identify these signs, and avoid confusion with the signs left by other mammal species such as rat. A detailed survey can support a robust assessment of how otter and watervole are using a site, the relative importance of different resources on the site, and what this might mean for your project.

Sometimes, we employ new technology such as infra-red trail cameras which provide an efficient and cost-effective way of remotely monitoring sites to better understand how and if otter and watervole populations are using a site.

 

How can LSC help?

Our ecologists have extensive experience in undertaking otter and watervole surveys over a wide range of habitats and schemes, from upland brooks to field ditches and lowland rivers. We can draw upon this experience to provide robust baseline survey results for your site to provide the information you need to support Planning.

Our surveys are completed to the Best Practice Guidelines outlined by Natural England and the Mammal Society, and our reports consistently provide the information required by our clients to secure Planning Permission.

 An otter footprint recorded in the silt at the edge of a riverside.

An otter footprint recorded in the silt at the edge of a riverside.


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