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We record observations and measurements, and archive biological samples that can be of great benefit to ecological research.

The Otter Project collaborates with researchers from other institutions and disciplines to maximise the usage of the otter archive. We are keen to collaborate, sharing data and samples. The sample archive is limited and so samples may not be available. Potential postgraduate researchers are also encouraged to approach us with research ideas. Contact Dr Liz Chadwick or Dr Eleanor Kean.

Sprainting Eurasian otter

Research themes

Our research projects are diverse, including work on chemical communication, toxicology and diet.

Map showing location of otters


Explore the interactive map of otter casualties received for post-mortem.

Otter crest skull

Post mortem examination

All otters are carefully examined and samples are collected for further research.



Our researchers have produced a number of publications.