Title of the project
Establish the current distribution of otters (Lutra lutra) in the Cheshire region
To contribute towards the objectives set out under the Cheshire LBAP to Establish the current distribution of otters (Lutra lutra) in the Cheshire region and restore otters to all catchments where they have been recorded since 1960.
The sightings and recorded signs of otter presence have been used as a guide to the construction of artificial otter holts to help the species expand its range in Cheshire. Most of the otter holts have been built on BASC Green Shoots members lands and equipped whith cameras or sand trap to monitor activity. Constant monitoring of shoots in the county with riparian habitat would highlight any other sites which would benefit from an artificial otter holt being provided.
An otter training day was conducted in February 2009 for BASC members and other local landowners. The day was designed to give the participants a better understanding of otter ecology and to provide them with the skills to construct an artificial otter holt.
|Site||River Gowy, Shropshire Union Canal, Tarporley|
|Species Caracteristics||Protected species, Threatened species|
|Name(s) of main species||Otter (Lutra lutra)|
|Leading partners||. BASC The British Association for Shooting and Conservation?|
|Other partners||Cheshire Wildlife Trust (http://www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/)
Environment Agency (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency)
Macclesfield Borough Council (http://www.macclesfield-tc.gov.uk/)
Estimation of the budget (total or annual)
A further funding bid to Shell UK for £200 towards the cost of materials used in the construction of two holts was also successful.
Ben Gregory Cheshire Biodiversity Project Officer