We are also able to advise on any Otters that you find injured but alive, or abandoned.
We are also able to advise on any Otters that you find injured but alive, or abandoned – please call the UK Wild Otter Trust on 01769 540560 or 07866 462820 to seek help and advice on the next steps.
Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org The UK Wild Otter Trust are also able to collect & store Otter casualties in our freezer facilities should you not be able to do this before arranging for onward transportation to Cardiff.
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.
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
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.
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!
The UK Wild Otter Trust, North Devon
01769 540560 or 07866 462820
contact is Dave Webb
The New Forest Wildlife Park
contact is Jason Palmer
The Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, Cornwall & Devon
The Ryedale Wildlife Rescue, North Yorkshire
contact is Jean Thorpe
The River Waveney Trust, Norfolk & Suffolk
contact is Geoff Doggett
The Chestnut Centre, Derbyshire
Battersea Park Childrens Zoo, London
The International Otter Survival Fund
contact is Paul or Grace Yoxon
The Mull Otter Group
07710 408814 or 07900 918857
contact is Jane Stevens or Nigel Burch
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