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IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin
© IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group

Volume 33 A: Proceedings European Otter Workshop, 8 - 11 June 2015, Stockholm, Sweden

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Themes | Keynote Speakers | Human-Otter Interactions | Otter Surveys | Citizen Science | Posters

Themes of the Workshop

The workshop had three themes; within each theme, the papers are presented in alphabetical order of speaker.

  1. Conflicts between otters and humans: old and new threats (new pollutants, minihydroelectric power stations, road kills, health issues etc)

  2. Otter surveying in Europe in the XXI century: where we are, where we are going and is it the right direction?

  3. Otters and Citizen Science: joining education and research

Keynote Speakers: (alphabetical order of speaker)

  • The Eurasian Otter as a Sentinel of Environmental Health
    Elizabeth Chadwick,
    Cardiff University Otter Project, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Impacts of Roads and Traffic on Otters and Other Mammals
    Jan Olof Helldin,
    Wildlife ecology, Calluna AB, Stockholm, Sweden
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Wildlife Conservation in North America: Science, policy, and politics portrayed through the eyes of the North American river otter
    Tom Serfass
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    Department of Biology and Natural Resources, Frostburg State University, USA
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • The biggest otters you never saw
    Lars Werdelin,
    Department of Paleobiology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

Human-Otter Interactions

Conflicts between otters and humans: old and new threats (new pollutants, minihydroelectric power stations, road kills, health issues etc). Listed in alphabetical order of author

  • Otter preference of different mitigation measures at roads: a Swedish evaluation
    Johanna Arrendal and Marie Johnsson
    MyraNatur and The Swedish Transport Administration, Sweden
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Human dimensions assessment of angler attitudes towards Eurasian Otters and piscivorous birds in Scotland.
    Kelsey Baird, Tom Serfass and Sadie Stevens

    Frostburg State University; University of Maryland Center For Environmental Science
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Hydroelectric power stations and fish farming – main threats for otter (Lutra lutra) population in Georgia.
    George Gorgadze

    Centre for Biodiversity Conservation and Research - NACRES, Tbilisi, Georgia
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • The Otter Action Plan in France, what has been done so far? From coexistence of otter and fish-farming to the creation of Otter Havens 
    Rachel Kuhn and Hélène Jacques
    Société Française pour l’Étude et la Protection des Mammifères (SFEPM), France
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Experiences from post mortem analysis of otters in Hungary
    József Lanszki, Miklós Heltai, Gabriella L. Széles and Éva A. Bauer-Haáz

    University of Kaposvár and Szent István University
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Wild mink as a sentinel species in environmental monitoring
    Sara Persson, Anna Rotander, Bert van Bavel, Britt-Marie Bäcklin, Björn Brunström and Ulf Magnusson

    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Örebro University; Swedish Museum of Natural History; Uppsala University, Sweden
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Recovering Otter (Lutra lutra) carcasses and information on mortality in the NE Iberian Peninsula: 65 years of results.
    Jordi Ruiz-Olmo, Francesc Mañas, Antoni Batet, Berto Minobis, Juan Jiménez, Manuel Alcántara and Santiago Palazón

    Direcció general del Medi Natural (DAAM); Generalitat Valenciana, Spain
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Benefits and disadvantages of anthropogenic modifications to the riparian landscape for the Eurasian otter Lutra lutra in the Alps.
    Irene C. Weinberger, Stefanie Muff, Andreas Kranz and Fabio Bontadina

    University of Zurich, Switzerland; alka-kranz Ingenieurbüro für Wildökologie und Naturschutz, Austria; SWILD - Urban Ecology & Wildlife Research, Zurich, Switzerland
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Posters

Otter Surveys

Otter surveying in Europe in the XXI century: where we are, where we are going and is it the right direction?

  • The need of a survey method that will allow monitoring otters during increasing population
    Mia Bisther and Oskar Norrgrann

    Brandt & Gröndahl AB and County Administration Board of Västernorrland, Sweden
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Foraging history of Eurasian otters (Lutra lutra) inferred from stable isotopes δ13C and δ15N
    Morten Elmeros, Maria Topgaard, Anders Michelsen and Aksel Bo Madsen

    ,Aarhus University; University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Radio -telemetry to track Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra): a critical review: a critical review
    Hans-Heinrich Krüger

    Action for Otter Conservation, Otter-Zentrum, Hankensbüttel, Germany
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Non-invasive methods on otters: so hard, so useful
    Laura Lerone, Chiara Mengoni, Ettore Randi and Anna Loy

    University of Molise and Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA), via Ca’ Fornacetta
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Monitoring otters and their habitats in Europe. Shall we take advantage from EU directives?
    Anna Loy
    Università del Molise, Italy
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Designing occupancy studies to monitor otter populations.
    Manlio Marcelli and Romina Fusillo

    LUTRIA Wildlife Research and Consulting, Rome, Italy
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • The distribution, population and population density of the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) in Russia and some adjacent countries – a review
    Alexey Yu. Oleynikov and Aleksander P. Saveljev

    Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • The Eurasian Otter in Israel: From science to conservation management.
    Roni Shachal, David Saltz and Amit Dolev
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    Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research and Israel Nature and Parks Authority
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Gradual recovery and recent strong decline in the Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) population in Belarus.
    Vadim Sidorovich
    Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Belarus
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Population structure and recent temporal changes in genetic variation in Eurasian otters from Sweden.
    Jean-Luc Tison, Victor Blennow, Eleftheria Palkopoulou, Petra Gustafsson, Anna Roos and Love Dalén.

    Swedish Museum of Natural History and Swedish Museum of Natural History
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Jacob van der Ploeg, Teun Smink, Daan Smit, Addy de Jongh, Catherine O'Reilly, Ferdia Marnell, David O'Neill and Edel Sheerin
    Van Hall Larenstein; Zambian Carnivore Programme; Dutch Otterstation Foundation; Waterford Institute of Technology; National Parks and Wildlife Service, Ireland
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Status of the otter population in the Netherlands
    Ellen van Norren, Hugh Jansman, Vilmar Dijkstra and Arjen de Groot

    Dutch Mammal Society and Alterra
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Posters

Citizen Science

Otters and Citizen Science: joining education and research

  • Using otter as a tool for aquatic ecosystems conservation. Case study: Conservation campaign – Romania´s rivers: last chance.
    Bouroș George
    University of Bucharest
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • The Otter Spotter – Public engagement with otter mortality monitoring in the UK
    Elizabeth Chadwick and S.E. Perkins
    Cardiff University School of Biosciences, United Kingdom
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Making otters count: a citizen science approach to surveying for otters (Lutra lutra) in north east England.
    Vivien Kent

    Durham Wildlife Trust, United Kingdom
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (120 KB)

  • Noninvasive surveying of otters in Ireland and Wales using a community-based citizen science approach
    O’Neill, Sheerin, E., Turner, P.D., O’Meara, D.B., Harrington, A., Macpherson, J., Morris C., Denton A., Clews-Roberts, B., Guest, B., Schofield, H., Halliwell, Liz and
    Catherine O´Reilly
    Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) Project: Waterford Institute of Technology; Waterford City and County Council; Natural Resources Wales;The Vincent Wildlife Trust
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Spotted-necked Otters and Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania: The process of developing an ecotourism flagship
    Tom Serfass and Sadie Stevens

    Frostburg State University, Maryland, USA
    Abstract | Full Text + Links | PDF (xxx KB)

  • Posters

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