Otter Survey Impacts and Mitigation


This course will provide an overview of otter legislation and look at otter ecology and survey methods. We will look at impacts to otter from a variety of development types as well as looking at mitigation and compensation options and examples. There will also be a field visit to look at otter signs and discuss survey techniques


Reference will be made to the new CIEEM ECIA guidance in relation to reporting. Impacts discussed will include holt disturbance, exclusion, destruction and artificial holt construction. A range of case studies, including hydro-schemes and road schemes will be presented to help participants gain a greater understanding of otter mitigation and survey and the course will cover topics such as "what to include in an otter toolbox talk".

The training will be delivered through classroom and field based activities (weather permitting). The field visit to a local site will look for signs for otter as well as discussing survey technique.

Opportunity will be given for questions and discussion of otter survey or mitigation queries and experiences. Advice on further reading and key references will be given. The course will be primarily based on Scottish legislation and examples, although will be largely relevant to participants throughout the UK.

Who Should Attend?

Consultants, planners, developers, local authority ecologists, students, environmental managers, rangers, land managers, conservation officers.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge of Otter Survey, Impacts and MItigation is required. Background knowledge of otter ecology would be an advantage.

Learning Outcomes

  • Increased knowledge of legislation in relation to otters
  • Increased knowledge of otter ecology and survey
  • Increased knowledge of potential impacts to otter
  • Increase knowledge of mitigation and compensation options for otter


Refreshments will be provided throughout the day but lunch is not provided.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £110.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00