The otter project is going well both at the two original study areas; RSPB Minsmere and the Alde estuary and also at new study sites on the Blyth estuary and the Lower Waveney.
One of the objectives of the project is to attempt to identify individual otters which is not easy – the trail cams are not really good enough so other methodologies are being trialled.
One of these is footprints; a group of individuals known as http://www.WildTrack have a system by which they say they can identify individual animals by their footprints. They have kindly said they will help our project so we have laid out areas of sand, where we hope otters will walk over. Each individual footprint is the photographed and we then send them off to Germany for analysis – time will tell if it works!