UK Wild Otter Trust

UK Wild Otter Trust

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  • Animals / wildlife
  • Environment

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National - Britain


At the UK Wild Otter Trust we rescue, rehabilitate and ultimately release the otters that come into our care. We receive orphaned and/or injured otters which require specialist care until they can return to the wild.

Otters still face many threats within the United Kingdom, despite their protection. One such threat is habitat destruction (road building, new urban development), which in certain parts of the country lead to considerably high road deaths. Incidences such as these can leave otter cubs orphaned requiring support to succeed into adulthood.

We receive an increasing number of cubs per year due to a number of reasons, with over 30 animals a year now commonplace, and aim to care for those in need, and aim to rehabilitate them in order to release them back into the wild. We have created a specialist rehabilitation centre comprising of 18 medium to large outdoor enclosures, 2 large isolation/hospital rooms, 3 indoor isolation/monitoring rooms, cctv over whole site, 4 vehicles, 6 storage sheds and 2 weighing rooms and it is the largest specialist centre in the UK giving us capacity to care for up to 42 animals if full.


We’re dedicated to promoting a positive understanding of otter conservation, and raising awareness of the species through education, involvement, and engagement. We aim to:

  • Work towards otter welfare in the UK, and assist with species conservation – both alone and in collaboration with other groups.
  • Engage with, support, advise, negotiate with, and maintain stable relationships with fishery owners and anglers.
  • Promote responsible otter watching to minimise and prevent any unnecessary disturbance to otters and their shelters.
  • Work with other otter groups and angling bodies to research and improve our understanding of otter biology and ecology.
  • Stay aware of current and future changes that may affect the otter, and to be prepared to lobby for change.
  • Raise awareness of the species and its habitats via talks, walks, printed literature, and other outreach initiatives.

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