Otters are widespread but relatively uncommon and are legally protected in the UK. They are highly mobile and closely associated with wetlands, rivers and coastal areas offering a good supply of prey. Developments in or near otter habitats must be assessed for their potential to affect otters.
Initial habitat assessments, of upstream and downstream areas and based on key features such as potential holts and shelters, channel characteristics, and water flow and depth, can help to inform the need for more detailed surveys. These follow-up surveys involve a thorough search for holts, feeding remains, prints and spraints and we sometimes deploy camera traps to obtain photographic evidence.
Timing: All year
If a development is likely to cause to disturbance or harm to otter, our ecologists will be able to consult with the relevant authorities and develop appropriate mitigation, potentially under licence.