Otter Ecology and Surveys


A one-day introductory course on otters, including a field visit and lectures.


The course will cover relevant aspects of the background ecology of otters, focusing on the use of resting sites, field survey techniques, legislation and licensing for surveys. The field visit will allow those attending to put the theory into practice.

Biosecurity: With delegates attending this training from many parts of the country the potential to spread Invasive Non Native Species is considerable. Before attending this training please ensure you have cleaned, checked and dried all equipment (including footwear) and ensure all appropriate biosecurity measures are taken.

The field visit will allow those attending to put the theory into practice, searching for and identifying field signs of otters in different types of habitat.

This course is aimed at beginners and those with some previous experience (intermediate level).

A separate course covers mitigation techniques.

Who Should Attend?

Consultants, LPA Ecologists, conservation officers in SNCOs or NGOs.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of otter ecology
  • Understanding of different types of otter surveys and the relevant approach to each
  • Ability to find and identify field signs, particularly spraint and footprints
  • Ability to identify resting sites
  • Knowledge of survey techniques for monitoring resting sites and when this requires a licence


The course fee includes refreshments throughout the day. Please bring your own packed lunch.


Tickets Person(s) Price (£)
CIEEM Member Ticket 1 £142.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £205.00