The 4th annual comprehensive catchment wide rapid assessment survey of otter will take place on Friday and Saturday of next week (7 & 8 June 2013). Almost 100 sites will be included in the survey which will cover the entire catchment of 650sq Km. As has been the case in previous years, the work will include intermixed teams from MulkearLIFE/ Inland Fisheries Ireland, conservation rangers from the National Parks & Wildlife Service and members of the Mulkear Conservation Volunteers (MCV).
Evening field training session for MCV members (Image – Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
If you are a volunteer and want to be part of this important survey work you are every welcome to partake but participation in the survey requires participation in a pre-training workshop.
The otter is one of Ireland’s most elusive mammals (Image: John Murphy)
This training workshop will take place on Wednesday (5th June 2013) @ 19.00hrs in the offices of Inland Fisheries Ireland, Dock Road, Limerick, followed by field work on selected river sites. The training will focus on survey methodology and identification, site selection and health and safety issues.
Deciphering the evidence: otter spraint (Image – Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The actual survey work will take place on Friday (7th June) full day from 9am approximately and on Saturday (8th June) – half day from 9am.
Survey site upper catchment – June 2011 (Image – Glen Wightman)
If you wish to be part of the otter workshop and / or survey please get in touch with MulkearLIFE on e-mail – email@example.com or telephone 061 300 238 / 087 062 5582. Please confirm your wish to attend ASAP and not later than Wednesday (midday) 5th June 2013.
On site survey work, MCV member Catherine Daly (Image – Ruairí Ó Conchúir)