The 5th Annual Catchment Wide Otter Survey will take place on Friday 20 June & Saturday, 21 June 2014. These are different dates from the dates advertised in the annual calendar of events in January 2014.
For those interested in taking part in this year’s otter survey work, please note that there will be an otter training workshop on Thursday evening 19 June 2014 @ 18.00hrs in the Inland Fisheries Ireland offices on the Dock Rd., Limerick.
Full directions to the office available here: Please note, given that it is evening time, it should be fine to park at the front (Dock Rd) or at the back (Ashbourne Business Park) of the building.
Otter Survey Work (Image – John Murphy)
The otter training will last approximately one and half hours in the office and one hour out on site – please Bring Rain Gear and Appropriate Boots. A walking stick or pole would also be useful in the water. This training will act as a short training course / refresher course and will review MulkearLIFE’s work with otter and the survey recording format. The workshop will focus on deciphering the evidence of otter (& mink); namely prints, otter spraint and other evidence together with the survey recording format and approach to be used. It will included a discussion on otter spraints.
Otter field training for MCV members 2011 (Image – Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The actual catchment wide otter survey will take place on Friday 20th June & Saturday, 21st June 2012. The meeting point is Annacotty, Mill Bar Car Park at 10am sharp. Other meeting points will be decided at the training evening for those higher up in the catchment. Mulkear Conservation Volunteers and others with an interest in this work are invited to be part of the workshop and either of the two days surveying or indeed both days.
Over 80 sites will be included in the survey covering the entire catchment of 650sq Km. The sites will include the following rivers, tributaries and streams: Mulkear, Bilboa, Dead, Newport, Killeengarrif, Clare, Annagh, Reask, Pope’s, Cauteen, Cahernahallia, Dooglasha, Small, Cully, Ahboy and Glaisclluainarbhaoile. Other smaller streams will also be included. The vast majority of sites are under bridges, with other sites located along river banks, at weirs, fords, culverts or along drainage channels.
Only those who have been on the training course / refresher course or those who have been part of previous surveys will be in a position to partake in the Catchment Wide Otter Survey.
Survey work June 2011, MCV member Catherine Daly (Image – Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
There are significant reports on European Otter on the MulkearLIFE website in the ‘Reports & Resources’ section: