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Our history


  1. 1992 Project established

    The Otter Project is established with the aim of using otter tissues to monitor aquatic contamination. Initially otters from the south were sent to the Wildlife VIC in Cornwall, and otters from the remainder of England and Wales were sent to Cardiff.


  1. 2007 England and Wales


    Since 2007 we have taken otters from the whole of England and Wales.


  1. 2013 2,000th otter

    We reached a milestone of examining a total of 2,000 otters since the start of the project.

  2. 2014 Scotland

    We started examination of otters from Scotland.

  1. 2016 3,000th otter

    In October 2016 we examined the 3,000th otter, an adult female from Cumbria.