REPORTING & COLLECTING OTTER CASUALTIES

Otters found dead in England, Wales & Scotland may be transported to the Otter Project in Cardiff University for post mortem, by the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and the International Otter Survival Fund respectively. These agencies should be contacted immediately if a wild Otter casualty is found, to enable a speedy arrangement of transport for post mortem. 

Post mortems are not currently carried out on Otters found dead in Northern Ireland on a routine basis but all mammal sightings found dead can be reported to the NI National Biological Recording Centre, known as CEDaR – www.2.habitas.org.uk/records
All wildlife casualties across the UK may also be reported to project splatter www.projectsplatter.co.uk

Should you be unfortunate enough to find a dead Otter, then its very important that it is collected and sent to Cardiff University for post mortem examination as this provides us with a valuable insight into health and biology. Otters are able to travel long distances in one night and cross roads where rivers divert under roads and RTA’s can have a significantly detrimental impact on the Otter populations in the UK.

WHAT IF YOU FIND A DEAD OTTER

If you find an Otter body (no matter what condition it is in) you need to call the Environment Agency for your area in the first instance and we advise that the information you record needs to be as per guidelines below:
Please provide the grid reference of location found by using this link http://gridreferencefinder.com if you are unable to do this, please let us know and we will help you – date & time found – your name, address & contact details and then use the telephone numbers below.To report sightings or casualties in Northern Ireland
please visit www.2.habitas.org.uk



ENGLAND–
The Environment Agency will arrange the collection from you.
CALL 03708 506506



WALES–
The Natural Resources Wales will arrange collection from you.
CALL 0800 807060



SCOTLAND–
The IOSF will arrange the collection from you.

CALL 01471 822487

Please also report wildlife road casualties on www.projectsplatter.co.uk which is run by Cardiff University. Having the unfortunate Otter body sent to Cardiff University for post mortem is a very important aspect of Otter conservation and a direct link to their website is www.otterproject.cf.ac.uk If you would like a copy of the post mortem result, then please also include your email contact address.It is also advantageous to report any Otter sightings, dead or alive to your local Otter group as they may be monitoring the local population.
The EA reporting form here may be used to complete all details on the Otter casualty. Please remember to complete as fully as you possibly can and hand it to the person that collects the Otter or email it the Environment Agency using the ref that you will be given when initially reporting the death. If you are unsure what to do or how to do it, then please contact us and we will help you to complete the relevant sections.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FI​ND AN OTTER CUB

IF YOU FIND AN OTTER, EITHER ADULT OR CUB PLEASE FOLLOW THE ADVICE GIVEN BELOW AS OTTERS NEED SPECIALIST CARE AND DO NOT MAKE GOOD PATIENTS – THEREFORE, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU SEEK HELP FROM THE RELEVANT–



If you find an Otter that is need of medical help, you are advised to keep it warm with a blanket and in a large, dark box and then call for assistance from one of the following Otter authorities. 

You are more likely to find an injured Otter on a road after a vehicle collision and a cub near or in a river after or during flooding. Please ensure that you keep handling to a minimum and always wear clean, thick gloves as Otters have very sharp teeth!

FOR ENGLAND THE CONTACTS ARE:


  • The UK Wild Otter Trust, North Devon
    01769 540560 or 07866 462820
    contact is Dave Webb
    Email: otters@ukwot.org
  • The New Forest Wildlife Park
    02380 292408
    contact is Jason Palmer
  • The Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, Cornwall & Devon
    01364 642916
  • The Ryedale Wildlife Rescue, North Yorkshire
    01653 695124
    contact is Jean Thorpe
  • The River Waveney Trust, Norfolk & Suffolk
    01986 893470
    contact is Geoff Doggett
  • The Chestnut Centre, Derbyshire
    01298 814099
  • Battersea Park Childrens Zoo, London
    0207 9245826

FOR SCOTLAND THE CONTACTS ARE:

  • The International Otter Survival Fund
    01471 822487
    contact is Paul or Grace Yoxon
  • The Mull Otter Group
    07710 408814 or 07900 918857
    contact is Jane Stevens or Nigel Burch