This beginner to intermediate course will provide an introduction to Otters and Water Voles in the UK. You will learn about the ecology and conservation of both species and explain what to look for and how to conduct surveys.

This course will include:

  • Otter behaviour, natural history, status and legal protection. Identification of field signs and where to look for them.
  • Water Vole behaviour, natural history, status and protection. Identification of field signs and where to look for them.
  • Practical experience surveying for otters and water voles with an expert tutor.

Tutor: Vivien Kent

Vivien Kent is a Wildlife Biologist with over 20 years’ experience of researching and working with carnivores in Southern Africa and the UK. For the past 10 years she has been focusing on otters in the UK – one of our most charismatic species. She is a member of the IUCN SSC Otter Specialist Group and co-founded The Otter Network in North-East England.