Otter Survey and Ecology


This two day training course will provide an introduction to otter behavior and ecology with scientific research papers and actual site visits.


Delegates will learn to identify the characteristics of main habitats during the winter months and plan surveys for the following summer season. This will involve excursions (weather permitting) to a range of otter habitats. Methods of appraisal for ecological habitat assessment in relation to otter and appropriate land management is discussed and debated.

Adrian Davis leads the course and has been involved in otter conservation for over 20 years. This has involved large scale surveys of The River Tay and many sites in Perthshire and the Highlands to protect key populations from threats. Recent work has involved study on otter holts in river and woodland habitat in Perthshire and the legal implications of development including mitigation strategies.

Who Should Attend?

Developers, land managers, ecologists, NGO’s, Government agencies, rangers, wardens and consultants.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

Some knowledge of otter ecology would be beneficial.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify habitats where you may find otters.
  • Identify signs and key characters of otter habitat.
  • Be able to identify rest sites and otter breeding den sites.
  • Be able to monitor rest sites and otter holts.


Tickets Person(s) Price (£)
Member Ticket 1 £135.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £195.00