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National Otter Survey


Record otters around the coast

The National Otter Survey

National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) staff throughout the country will be conducting up to 900 site surveys for otter tracks and signs as part of a formal survey coordinated by Queen’s University Belfast and Giorria Environmental Services. Any records you submit here will contribute to this study and be used when mapping otter distribution.

The Atlantic Technological University, Galway will also be testing river water samples for otter DNA to see if this is a feasible way to survey their presence with greater certainty. The final report should be published as an Irish Wildlife Manual sometime in 2025.

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