Preliminary Ecological Appraisal During the initial PEA survey, habitats on site will be assessed for their suitability to otter. Additional surveys will be recommended where potentially suitable watercourses and waterbodies are present nearby.
Otter Surveys Detailed otter survey is carried out by two surveyors, walking within the watercourse/body where possible. Otters themselves are rarely seen, therefore surveyors look for evidence of otter such as spraint as well as any potential holt locations.
Remote Camera Monitoring Where potential holt sites are identified that may be affected by the development, further survey involving remote monitoring using camera traps may be recommended. This will allow us to gain more detailed information on whether the holt is in use and the type of holt present.