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Celebrating World Otter Day 2022 with the Cardiff University Otter Project

Celebrating World Otter Day 2022 with the Cardiff University Otter Project

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We're really excited to announce our new webinar series looking at Britain's mammals!

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Our webinars will be held monthly and will welcome industry experts to talk about a wide range of mammals and all things mammal related.

To celebrate World Otter Day we will be joined by Dr Liz Chadwick, Emily O'Rourke and Sarah Du Plessis from the Cardiff Otter Project to summarise and highlight some of the work the Otter Project does. Liz Chadwick will describe how the Otter Project functions, and why it is so important to report otters found dead. Emily and Sarah will then give outlines of their research projects, followed by a summary of the findings of the recent otter survey in Wales and the implications of these for the species in Wales and the UK.

The Cardiff University Otter Project is a long-term environmental monitoring scheme, using otters found dead to investigate population biology, genetics, environmental contaminants, parasites and diseases in otters. Running since 1992, we now have a database and archive of over 4000 otters from all across the UK.

Dr Liz Chadwick has been the lead investigator of the Otter Project since 2004, studying a huge breadth of otter and aquatic systems biology. Both Emily O'Rourke and Sarah du Plessis have been PhD students with the project since 2019. In her research Emily uses the otter as an indicator species of chemical contamination levels of our waterways, studying chemicals such as PFASs and PCBs. Sarah uses genomics to study stronghold populations in the UK and across Eurasia.

The talk will finish with a question and answer session by those attending the webinar, so if you have any questions get them ready to be answered!

The event will be held at 7:30 pm GMT on Wednesday the 25th of May on Zoom and ticket proceeds will go towards the conservation work of the charity.

Please note a link to the Zoom will be sent to you via email before the event starts, if you haven't received one please check your spam folders. If you are having trouble accessing the event contact Sophie Webb at training@themammalsociety.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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