Studying otters in Sheffield and the Peak District

Otter mother and cub. Photo credit: Josh Jaggard
Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra). Photo credit: Josh Jaggard

Our otter research is focused on three themes: 

  1. A DNA-based survey of Sheffield's otters
  2. Otter connectivity in the Peak District
  3. Otter diet in the Peak District surrounding Sheffield

We are appealing for support, to continue to monitor our local otters, please visit our fundraising webpage for more information, or contact Dr Deborah Dawson (

Thankyou to all our volunteers and those who have supported our fundraising!

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