Otter Ecology and Surveying


£105.00 Excluding VAT

5 hours
3 modules

Otters may be encountered on sites that are near to water courses, these may be development sites or sites designated for nature conservation. They are fully protected by law and therefore it is important that ecologists and conservationists know how to survey for them, how to recognise their field signs and have a good understanding of their ecology.

This course is an introductory level self-study course that combines a ‘classroom’ session with your tutor to learn about ecology, identification, field signs and legislation then you will experience going out on a survey with the tutor on a video. The course is taught by an experienced ecologist from Ecology Training UK Ltd and is based on our Otter Ecology and Surveying field course.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Otter biology and ecology
  • Identifying otters and their field signs
  • Legal status of otters
  • Otter conservation

“Thank you so much for putting this course online. Really enjoyed it and I am now constantly looking for signs and clues on my daily country walks! 

“I really enjoyed this one, I’ve been assisting on a few otter surveys recently but unfortunately haven’t come across any signs yet, so this course has been really helpful for knowing what to look out for!”

“Enjoyable & very informative”

“Even though I was not in the field with Sue I feel I can now do a survey for otters.”

What you get: The course comprises 2 videos – one in the classroom and one out in the field, and handouts for the classroom part. At the end there will be a short quiz and if you get over 70% you will receive a Certificate. 

Timings: Study in your own time.

How to book: You can book on-line here. Once you have booked you will then be able to start the course straight away. If you’d like book a group or on behalf of another person please email us at and we’d be delighted to help you.

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