Surveys of this type were last carried out in 1994 and 1999. Catherine Collop from the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Partnership said: "Ten years on we hope to learn more about the current distribution of otters across the county. By surveying the same sites we will be able to compare this with past results. The results will also feed into the 2009 National Otter Survey, contributing to our understanding of the status of otters throughout the country. We are looking for volunteers who can spare a few days this summer to help."
Support, guidance and safety equipment will be provided; and training dates have been set for Wednesday 3 June at 5:30pm and Sunday 7 June at 2pm both at the headquarters of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust – Banovallum House in Horncastle. Volunteers only need to attend one of these sessions.
If you are interested in taking part and would like to know more please contact Catherine Collop at email@example.com or 01507 526667.
Catherine explained how the presence of otters can be determined: "Otters are elusive creatures that can be difficult to see in the wild, but they mark their territories with droppings, called spraints, often in prominent places such as under bridges. With training, identification of these spraints can be used to determine whether or not otters are using a stretch of watercourse."