Essex Wildlife Trust will be running two training courses this March for volunteers who will be taking part in the Essex Otter Survey.

The 25th Anniversary survey, which had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, aims to re-visit all 256 survey points across Essex and South Suffolk in 2021 to track the recolonisation of otters across Essex. With Otters now found in every major watercourse in the county, 2021 will be the last of the annual Essex Otter surveys, the findings of which will be published in a 25th anniversary report.

The course run by Essex Wildlife Trust’s River Catchment Team will cover the ecology of otters, how to tell them apart from similar species, why they became extinct and how they recovered. Most importantly the course will show you how to take part in the Essex Otter Survey by learning how to identify the distinctive signs of otter presence.

Essex Wildlife Trust will be running two sessions on Thursday 11th March, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. To book your place on one of the two courses please visit Essex Wildlife Trust’s Events page.

If you are not already registered as a Riversearch volunteer but would like to take part in the survey please get in touch with Essex Wildlife Trust’s volunteering team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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