Otters are a European Protected Species and are afforded the highest level of protection. Their main habitat is rivers, canals and lakes and their diet consists mainly of fish. Their holts are usually found on river banks. If works involve a river then surveys would be required.
This is usually a walk-over survey looking for otter spraint (droppings) and potential holt sites.
If otters are present and they are likely to be disturbed, killed, injured or their habitat damaged or destroyed (in reality only the holts are considered) then a licence will be required to carry out works.
This is most likely to be in sites where works will be carried out on bridges or river banks, most works near to rivers are not considered disturbing to otters.
One of our senior team ecologists can advise on the requirements for surveys, mitigation and licensing.
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