MulkearLIFE will present at the IUCN European Otter Workshop which is to be held in Kinsale, Co. Cork next week. The workshop, drawing delegates from across Europe and further afield, will discuss a range of issues related to the study, management and conservation of the European otter (Lutra lutra) population. The workshop will include themed sessions on a range of issues including Coastal Otters, Spraint/Dietary analysis, Population estimates, Tracking otters, Conservation threats and conflicts.
The otter is one of Ireland’s most elusive mammals (Image: John Murphy)
The conference is intended as a forum to deepen a shared understanding of the issues concerning the study, conservation and management of the species and target key issues which may be better resolved with wider research and international collaborations.
Otter pup lunching on sea lamprey (Image: Paddy Halpin)
The event is being organised by Waterford Institute of Technology and the IUCN Otter Specialist Group and MulkearLIFE is extremely grateful to both parties for affording MulkearLIFE the opportunity to present at this important conference.
Field based otter workshop – Barrington’s Bridge (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
MulkearLIFE looks forward to presenting at the event and networking with national and international otter experts. In its presentation, the project will outline how the population of European otter in the Mulkear catchment has been impacted as a result of the loss of riparian habitat due to extensive drainage programmes. The Mulkear Catchment has been subjected to drainage works dating back to 1874.
Plaque detailing Mulkear Drainage Scheme 1874 (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The Project’s presentation will outline the practical measures which have been undertaken over the past four years. It will focus on several overlapping themes, namely; improving water quality, enhancing the abundance of food resources, in-stream enhancement works, controlling invasive species, catchment wide survey work, installation of artificial otter holts and the creation of additional prime habitat.