The UK Wild Otter Trust is dedicated to promoting a positive understanding of the Otter & Otter conservation in all areas to as many people as possible and to raise the awareness through education, involvement & information.
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We are a Devon-based charity dedicated to protecting and promoting a positive understanding of the European otter and its conservation.
We want everyone to be able to engage with and appreciate these beautiful animals, and we work hard to raise awareness, educate, and share information in as many ways as possible!
The best places to find otters and their signs
Under and near bridges
On boulders or rocks either in or near a river
On old tree stumps or logs
At either end of shortcut paths
On gravel banks or sand and muddy areas
Around ponds and lakes
In marshes or reed beds
At river junctions or intersection
When out looking for otters,
please follow to this safety advice:Try to work in pairs
Only enter the water if it’s safe to do so
Avoid rivers in full flood or fast-flowing sections
Beware of loose banks and slip hazards
Do not drink the water
Always wash your hands once completed
Beware of ticks (which can carry Lyme disease) and consult your doctor should you feel unwell
Unfortunately not all otters that we rescue can be released back into the wild, due to a variety of reasons. These vary from disabilities to imprinting on humans. We currently have 3 otters living that are permanent residents with us in our rescue centre.
The otters that live with us permanently live in specially designed enclosures that create an enriching environment that is as naturalistic as possible. They are provided with enrichment to keep them entertained. You can buy our otters gifts from our Amazon Wish List or donate money to help with their care.
3-year-old Reggie has joined us from the Tamar Otter Centre, which has very sadly closed its doors.
He was found emaciated and seriously injured from a suspected dog attack, and has shown some neurological struggles, so will stay with us forever. We will completely spoil this gentle otter and give him a special enrichment program to help him settle in!
The rescued otter cubs and the long term otter residents at UKWOT would love to receive a gift from you!
Our Amazon Wish List contains a selection of much needed items that are needed for our otters rehabilitation and the day to day running of our rehab centre, including enrichment toys, cleaning items and maintenance items. Enrichment toys are important to our rescued otter cubs rehabilitation. Teddies are used as a comfort toy for the small cubs, they snuggle up to them and treat them like mum. Tennis balls are hung from trees to help otter cubs explore, and to use different muscles when in rehab. Also very good to help keep them occupied.
We are so thankful for everyone who has already purchased items from our wish list, below are some of our cubs using your gifts.