Celebrate World Otter Day by Voting for UK Wild Otter Trust this May

Posted on 29 Apr 2024 by Emily Atkinson-Dalton

World Otter Day is this month (May 29th) so now is the perfect time to support otter conservation! UK Wild Otter Trust (UKWOT) are a UK registered charity (1167746) who are dedicated to the conservation of the Eurasian otter. One of their main activities is the rescue, rehabilitation and release back into the wild of orphaned and injured otters. This May, you can vote for UKWOT to win 20% of our profits by voting in the Discount Promo Codes charity poll! Find out more about UKWOT below and how your vote can help otters in need.


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What does the UK Wild Otter Trust do?

The UK Wild Otter Trust is dedicated to promoting a positive understanding of otter conservation, and raising awareness of the species through education, involvement, and engagement. UKWOT also engage with, support, advise, negotiate with, and maintain stable relationships with fishery owners and anglers, to help prevent human-otter conflict.

UKWOT has the largest specialist centre for otters in the UK, with a capacity for 40 individual otters. UKWOT rescued their first otter in 2017 and they now see nearly 30 otters through their doors every year. This small, volunteer run charity has grown rapidly over the last 3 years and launched the UK’s first dedicated otter ambulance in autumn 2023. UKWOT’s scope covers the UK and Ireland, in 2024 they have rescued otters from Scotland, Devon, Leicestershire, the West Midlands, Suffolk and Chesire.

The otters that UKWOT rescue vary in age and condition, from underweight otter cubs that have been separated from their mothers to adult otters that have been injured.

When UKWOT rescue an otter, the aim is always the same – to get them back to where they belong… the wild. The rehabilitation process is long and expensive, taking at least and year and costing around £3500 per otter cub. It is extremely important to replicate the care they would have received for their mother. In the wild, cubs will stay with their mother for around 12 – 18 months. To further replicate their wild upbringing, UKWOT will introduce two or three otters to each other, so they can go through their rehabilitation and be released back into the wild together.

Upon completion of their rehabilitation, the otters are released back into the wild, using tried and tested release methods. UKWOT’s release method includes, hard release, supplement feeding, the holt they used at the centre and post monitoring using camera traps. They are left to integrate back into the wild naturally and UKWOT have a 100% success rate using this method.

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What To Do if You Come Across an Otter In Need!

UKWOT’s otter experts are on hand 24/7 taking calls from members of the public who are worried about the welfare of an otter. They are available to make call outs to rescue otters in distress as well as provide advice to people on the best course of action to help the mammal in need. It is vital to contact UKWOT ASAP if you are worried about an otter as otter rescue is incredibly time sensitive and the quicker you act by contacting the team the better the outcome is likely to be.

If you have found an otter, it is time-critical to get the animal to the best possible place for care. These vulnerable mammals' lives can hinge on just the first few hours, so it is vital to call as soon as possible.  Please get in contact using the contact information below. When you do, our team will then provide advice on what to do over the phone after gathering basic information from you about the specific animal and situation.

Please note that otters require very specialist care and do NOT make good pets. They must be taken to a reputable rescue centre when they are in need of care as they are protected under the law.

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Who to Contact

Dave Webb (UKWOT founder): 01769 580621 / 07866462820

Colin Seddon (Director Of Otter Welfare And Rehabilitation): 07759 809667


How Can You Help Otters?

Donate to UKWOT.

It costs around £3500 to rehabilitate one otter cub, with nearly 30 otters rescued every year, your donation can help release an orphaned otter back into the wild.

Adopt an otter https://ukwildottertrust.org/product-category/adoption/

Adopt one of UKWOT’s rescued otters or their resident otter Tolga and help support their care. You’ll receive a personalised certificate and an adoption pack, including a photo of your adopted otter.

Check out UKWOT’s Online Shop.

Get yourself or a loved one something ottery from UKWOT’s online shop and support otter conservation at the same time!

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How Can I Stay up to Date With and Contact UKWOT?

UKWOT have a dedicated website, where you can find out more about the charity’s work and about Eurasian otters. https://ukwildottertrust.org

Stay up to date with UKWOT on their social media channels:

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ukwildottertrust/?hl=en-gb 
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ukwildottertrust/
Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1407587012789673
Twitter/X – https://twitter.com/wildottertrust
TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@ukwildottertrust 

If you find an otter cub or adult that may need help, please call us immediately. Every minute counts!

☎️ 07866 462820 (Dave Webb)

☎️ 01769 580621 (Dave Webb)

☎️07759 809667 (Colin Seddon)

For non-urgent matters – [email protected] or 0777032477

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So, if UKWOT have your support, then make sure to cast your vote for them this May in our charity poll. You can make a difference to the lives of otters, all by voting for free for this incredible charity.

Please note that you can vote for UKWOT from 1st May 2024 and 31st May 2024. 

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