At OCSC we take extra precaution in ensuring the safety of otters and their habitats before, during and after construction projects. Here is why!
Otters (Lutra lutra) are charismatic and ecologically significant residents of Ireland, contributing to the country’s rich biodiversity. These semi-aquatic mammals are top predators in freshwater ecosystems, helping to maintain balanced fish populations. During construction activities, special attention must be given to the potential presence of otters, as they inhabit waterways and use holts (dens) in riverbanks. Protection of their habitats and minimisation of construction-related disturbances are essential to ensure the continued success of otter populations and the preservation of aquatic ecosystems. Otters are typically found in various aquatic environments, including rivers, lakes, and coastal areas, where they hunt for fish, amphibians, and crustaceans, making their conservation vital to Ireland’s natural heritage.
Our Ecology team is ready to take on any Otter surveys.