Forest Operations and Otters in Scotland

Forest Operations and Otters in Scotland

This guidance note describes reasonable measures that forest and woodland managers should follow to avoid or minimise the risk of committing offences against the otter, a European protected species.

It is an offence deliberately or recklessly to capture, injure or kill an otter; to disturb it while it is occupying its breeding/resting places; or to obstruct access to its breeding/resting places. It is an offence to damage or destroy breeding sites/resting places even accidentally.

Otters are found in virtually all small and large watercourses, ponds, lochs, and coasts in Scotland. Therefore, if a management operation is next to any of these habitats, otters should be an operational consideration.

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