Otter survey relaunched in Suffolk

Tuesday 15th March 2016

Otter by Elliot Neep

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is to re-launch its county-wide Otter survey and is seeking to recruit new volunteer surveyors and offer refresher training to existing surveyors.

Otters have returned to our rivers and are now widespread in Suffolk. Their populations are recovering, but the species is still vulnerable. Regular surveys help the Trust monitor the situation and inform its ongoing work.
It is important to cover as much ground as possible when surveying for otters - and this is only possible with the help of volunteers.

As a volunteer otter surveyor you will be offered expert training led by Penny Hemphill, Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Water for Wildlife Adviser. Penny has a wealth of knowledge and experience about otters, water voles, and the county of Suffolk. Training will provide the opportunity to learn about otters and discover how they live as well as identifying field signs. Participants will also find out about the lifecycle of otters, habitat, threats, status in Suffolk and the basics of monitoring and surveying techniques.

Please contact Leonie Washington if you would like to get involved as a volunteer otter surveyor and for more information about training days. Leonie can be contacted via email or on 01473 890089.

• More information about otters
• More information about Suffolk Wildlife Trusts Water for Wildlife project

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